Imperial Sceptics: British Critics of Empire, 1850-1920 by Gregory Claeys

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Imperial Sceptics offers a hugely unique research of the emergence of competition to the British Empire from 1850 to 1920. Departing from latest money owed, that have concentrated upon the Boer struggle and the writings of John Hobson, Gregory Claeys proposes a brand new chronology for the contours of resistance to imperial growth. Claeys locates the impetus for such competition within the past due 1850s with the British fans of Auguste Comte. Tracing serious strands of anti-imperial proposal via to the 1st international conflict, Claeys then scrutinises the whole spectrum of socialist writings from the early Eighteen Eighties onwards, revealing a basic department over no matter if a brand new notion of ‘socialist imperialism’ may perhaps entice the citizens and fulfill monetary calls for. established upon large archival study, and employing infrequent revealed resources, Imperial Sceptics will end up an important contribution to our figuring out of nineteenth-century political inspiration, laying off new gentle on theories of nationalism, patriotism, the nation and religion.

"The ebook explores numerous interesting subthemes: energetic disputes over the sovereignty of the kingdom, contestations over the chances and barriers of religions fostering a tolerant cosmopolitanism, and the advance of internationalism. it is a compelling learn that revises the chronology of antagonism to empire and advances novel arguments in regards to the legacy of Positivism and the spiritual resources and the communitarian beliefs on the center of anti-imperialism on the top of empire." - S. M. den Otter, Queen's college, Canada, magazine of British Studies
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Imperial Sceptics presents a hugely unique research of the emergence of competition to the British Empire. Tracing serious strands of anti-imperial suggestion from 1850 to the 1st international conflict, Gregory Claeys proposes a brand new chronology for the contours of resistance to imperial enlargement, laying off clean gentle on nineteenth-century political idea.

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C. 183. See Richard Shannon. , Pressure from Without (1974), pp. 239–61, and Miles Taylor. ‘The Old Radicalism and the New: David Urquhart and the Politics of Opposition, 1832–1867’, in Eugenio F. Biagini and Alastair J. , Currents of Radicalism (Cambridge, 1991), pp. 23–43, here pp. 26–7. A useful overview is Andrew Porter. , The Oxford History of the British Empire, Volume III: The Nineteenth Century (Oxford, 1999), pp. 198–221. Philip D. Curtin. The Image of Africa . . 1780–1850 (1964), p. v.

X, pp. 5, 20, 39. A recent treatment of the case is Frederick G. Whelan. Edmund Burke and India (Pittsburgh, 1996). 22 Imperial Sceptics an Universal and Perpetual Peace (1789) insisted that it was ‘not in the interest of Great Britain to have any foreign dependencies whatsoever’. 88 Bentham’s chief follower, James Mill, employed at the East India Company in 1819, famously characterised the settler colonies as a ‘vast system of outdoor relief for the upper classes’. There was ‘not one of the colonies but what augments the number of places’, a development originating with the Roman aristocracy.

The early Victorian socialists were little concerned with empire, but much more with international peace. 98 He also opposed standing armies, favouring a citizens’ militia. A cosmopolitan, Owen proposed to ‘gradually terminate all local nationalities, and make the population of the earth into one nation, with one language, interest, and kind feeling for one another, and thus by degrees form our race into one enlightened family’. He did not, however, defend maintaining British rule in India or elsewhere, but recommended instead that all nations be divided into semi-autarkic 93 94 95 96 97 98 Edinburgh Review, Apr.

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