Author: Ralph Winstone FoxForeword/Introduction: Ian TalbotPublisher: Oxford University PressYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 156ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780195476583
This book, written in 1933, in the dying years of British imperialism in India and elsewhere, seeks to explain from the common person's point of view how the British Empire was created, how it was ruled, and the condition of its people. At the time it was written Britain was hard hit by the Depression and among the questions being regularly raised in the country were issues of British naval supremacy, empire trade and ‘imperial self-sufficiency’. The author argues that British capitalism based on imperial monopoly is in crisis. He also argues that the question of socialism in Britain is determined by the exploitation of the colonial peoples. He believes, therefore, that there is an intimate connection between the national liberation of the peoples of the empire and the struggle of the British working class.This book remains important to any intellectual historical understanding of theories of Empire. It reflects the understanding of the British Empire and its manifestations, particularly in India, from the intellectual framework of socialism. Its value lies in the insight it provides into this type of understanding at the time it was written.
Introduction to the 2008 Edition by Ian TalbotIntroduction to the 1933 Edition1. FIRST STEPS IN COLONIAL POLICY Early Colonial Rivalries The Conquest of India The 'Revolution' in Indian Society The Chartered Monopolies 2. COLONIAL POLICY IN THE PERIOD OF INDUSTRIAL CAPITALISM, 1815-1895 The New Colonial Policy The 'Development' of India Land 'Reform' and Famine The Opening-Up of Africa 3. IMPERIALISM AND COLONIAL POLICY New Features in Colonial Policy Colonial Policy and War The Colonies and the Crisis of Capitalism 4. CHAPTER IV: BRITISH POLICY IN INDIA India's Place in the Empire The Indian Peasantry The Condition of the Working Class The 'Communal' Question 5. CLASS STRUGGLE IN INDIA, AND THE BRITISH 'REFORMS' The Stages of British Policy India is a Colonial Dependency The Basis of the Class Struggle Restraints on Industrial Progress The Indian White Paper 6. THE REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT IN INDIA Birth of the National Movement The Post-War Revolt The Development of the Working Class Movement The Meerut Conspiracy Case The Indian Trade Unions and Strikes The Indian Workers and the National Struggle A Programme of Action Growth of the Economic Crisis 7. BRITISH IMPERIALISM IN AFRICA Egypt, the Land of Cotton Egypt and the Labour Governments The Workers' and Peasants' Movements The West African Colonies The Women's Rising in Nigeria How an 'Enlightened' Policy Works The Slave Colonies of East Africa 8. THE NEAR-EASTERN COLONIES The New Empire in the Near East Irak 9. THE MILITARY POLICY OF BRITISH IMPERIALSM The Empire and War Colonial Revolt and the Soviet Union The War Strength of the Empire 10. THE COLONIES AND THE WORKING CLASS The Labour Aristocracy and the Empire The Labour Party and the Colonies The Second International Discusses a 'Socialist Colonial Policy' The Labour Party Policy Report 'Capitalism' and 'Socialism' The Labour Party and India The Workers and the Colonies Can Britain Exist Without Colonies Appendix I: Some Useful StatisticsAppendix II: Public Health in IndiaMaps:1. The World: Showing the British Empire2. India3. Africa: Showing British possessions4. South-West AsiaIndex