Chapter Thirty-Five. The French and British Empires

  1. John Horne Professor member
  1. Robert Aldrich Professor and
  2. Christopher Hilliard senior lecturer

Published Online: 19 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch35

A Companion to World War I

A Companion to World War I

How to Cite

Aldrich, R. and Hilliard, C. (2010) The French and British Empires, in A Companion to World War I (ed J. Horne), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch35

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Author Information

  1. University of Sydney, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405123860

Online ISBN: 9781444323634



  • French and British empires, colonies drawn into war;
  • colonial participation in war, role played by French and British colonies - burden borne by settlers as opposed to colonies;
  • impact of war on colonies, long-lasting effects on colonial societies;
  • legacy of war for empire, political demands for increasing self-government;
  • Bolshevik Revolution, mandating overt anticolonialism - gaining adherence in new French Communist Party;
  • British rule in India, assumption of abiding “difference” between British and Indian cultures


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Colonial Participation in the War

  • The Impact of the War on the Colonies

  • The Legacy of the War for Empire

  • References and Further Reading