The British Empire : an encyclopedia of the Crown's holdings, 1493 through 1995 /
by John Stewart.
Jefferson, NC : McFarland & Co., c1996.
xiv, 370 p. ; 24 cm.
078640177X (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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Jefferson, NC : McFarland & Co., c1996.
078640177X (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-10-01:
Providing a brief overview of the more than 300 colonies, protectorates, territories, dominions, and mandated holdings of the British Empire, this work focuses primarily on British possessions acquired since 1600. Each entry contains a brief description of the holding, including its location, dates of colonial control, a history of the country, and a chronological list of colonial governors or other chief administrators appointed by the Crown. Ample cross-references direct users from older to current geographic names. The volume also includes a chronology of British exploration and colonial expansion and an index of places and personal names. The work opens with a brief but uneven essay on the development and organization of Britain's colonial administration. Why this book? Virtually all the information is already available in the many publications of Great Britain's Historical Manuscript Commission, Colonial Office Library, Foreign Office, and the Royal Commonwealth Society. John C. Sainty's useful Colonial Office Officials (London, 1976) provides an informative biographical guide to the persons and personalities involved in colonial administration, based on official records of these and many other government agencies. Sainty, together with a recent copy of Whitaker's Almanac, will give readers more detailed and useful information than Stewart provides, with little additional effort. What would have been helpful for this work to include, and what one expects based on the title, is a bibliographic guide to official records and personal papers for the countries and officials it lists. A quick and easy locator to relevant materials held by the various government branches, repositories, and libraries in Britain would be a welcome resource for those studying the development and expansion of this major colonial power. Upper-division undergraduates. E. Patterson Emory University
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