Greater Britain: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis?

  title={Greater Britain: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis?},
  author={David J. Armitage},
THE FIRST "BRITISH" EMPIRE imposed England's rule over a diverse collection of territories, some geographically contiguous, others joined to the metropolis by navigable seas. The various peoples who inhabited those territories were not all treated alike by English colonists, who extended their power by military aggression. At first, a commission to evangelize pagan populations had legitimated English expansion; subsequently, a cultural mission to civilize the barbarian maintained the momentum… CONTINUE READING