This is an important book. Editors Yann Béliard and Neville Kirk have laid out the groundwork for a complete reworking of the collapse of modern imperialism. Focused on the fall of the British Empire, this book is situated at the crossroads of two sets of historiographies: an older historiography, dating back to the nineteenth century, on the British Empire; and a more recently resurgent historiography on labor. The former largely ignored the latter, engaged instead with great debates on the merits and demerits of the empire, on the flows of power within that empire, and the role of these factors in the empire's rise and fall. Labor historians, on the other hand, have found the empire more central to their writing for several decades now. This book builds on the fruitful labor of these historians, acknowledging Antoinette Burton, E. P. Thompson, the Subaltern Studies Collective, Frederick Cooper, and the more...

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