Crowns and Colonies: European Monarchies and Overseas Empires

Crowns and Colonies: European Monarchies and Overseas Empires


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Queen Victoria, who also bore the title of Empress of India, had a real and abiding interest in the British Empire, but other European monarchs also ruled over possessions 'beyond the seas'. This collection of original essays explores the connections between monarchy and colonialism, from the old regime empires down to the Commonwealth of today. With case studies drawn from Britain, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy, the chapters analyse constitutional questions about the role of the crown in overseas empires, the pomp and pageantry of the monarchy as it transferred to the colonies, and the fate of indigenous sovereigns under European colonial control. The volume, with chapters on North America, Asia, Africa and Australasia, provides new perspectives on colonial history, the governance of empire, and the transnational history of monarchies in modern Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784993153
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Series: Studies in Imperialism
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Robert Aldrich is Professor of European History at the University of Sydney

Cindy McCreery is Senior Lecturer in European History at the University of Sydney

Table of Contents

1 European sovereigns and their empires 'beyond the seas' - Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery

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