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Imperial Sceptics Gregory Claeys (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Imperial Sceptics By Gregory Claeys (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Imperial Sceptics by Gregory Claeys (Royal Holloway, University of London)


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Imperial Sceptics provides a highly original analysis of the emergence of opposition to the British Empire. Tracing critical strands of anti-imperial thought from 1850 to the First World War, Gregory Claeys proposes a new chronology for the contours of resistance to imperial expansion, shedding fresh light on nineteenth-century political thought.

Imperial Sceptics Summary

Imperial Sceptics: British Critics of Empire, 1850-1920 by Gregory Claeys (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Imperial Sceptics provides a highly original analysis of the emergence of opposition to the British Empire from 1850-1920. Departing from existing accounts, which have focused upon the Boer War and the writings of John Hobson, Gregory Claeys proposes a new chronology for the contours of resistance to imperial expansion. Claeys locates the impetus for such opposition in the late 1850s with the British followers of Auguste Comte. Tracing critical strands of anti-imperial thought through to the First World War, Claeys then scrutinises the full spectrum of socialist writings from the early 1880s onwards, revealing a fundamental division over whether a new conception of 'socialist imperialism' could appeal to the electorate and satisfy economic demands. Based upon extensive archival research, and utilising rare printed sources, Imperial Sceptics will prove a major contribution to our understanding of nineteenth-century political thought, shedding new light on theories of nationalism, patriotism, the state and religion.

Imperial Sceptics Reviews

Review of the hardback: 'An essential addition to the scanty existing literature on the 'other side' of the Imperial debate in Britain. It is good to see the subject moving on at last.' The Times Literary Supplement

Table of Contents

Introduction: audi alteram partem: imperialism and the moral imagination; 1. Positivist diplomacy; 2. Socialism and empire: from Little England to Socialist Commonwealth 1850-1920; 3. Contextualising Hobson: civilisation, utility and socialist imperialism; Conclusion: the fruits of imperial scepticism.

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NLS9781107407091
9781107407091
1107407095
Imperial Sceptics: British Critics of Empire, 1850-1920 by Gregory Claeys (Royal Holloway, University of London)
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2012-08-30
356
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