Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of Liberal by Karuna Mantena

By Karuna Mantena

Alibis of Empire offers a unique account of the origins, substance, and afterlife of overdue imperial ideology. Karuna Mantena demanding situations the concept Victorian empire used to be basically legitimated via liberal notions of development and civilization. in reality, because the British Empire won its farthest succeed in, its ideology used to be being dramatically reworked by way of a self-conscious rejection of the liberal version. The cave in of liberal imperialism enabled a brand new culturalism that under pressure the risks and problems of attempting to "civilize" local peoples. And, hand in hand with this shift in pondering used to be a shift in perform towards versions of oblique rule. As Mantena indicates, the paintings of Victorian criminal student Henry Maine was once on the heart of those momentous adjustments. Alibis of Empire examines how Maine's sociotheoretic version of "traditional" society laid the foundation for the culturalist good judgment of overdue empire. In charting the flow from liberal idealism, via culturalist rationalization, to retroactive alibi inside of nineteenth-century British imperial ideology, Alibis of Empire finds a amazing and pervasive dynamic of contemporary empire.

Show description

Read or Download Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of Liberal Imperialism PDF

Similar political history books

The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

The Oxford Handbooks of Political technology is a ten-volume set of reference books providing authoritative and interesting serious overviews of the kingdom of political technological know-how. This quantity, The Oxford instruction manual of Political idea, presents entire and important insurance of the full of life and contested box of political thought, and may aid set the schedule for the sector for years yet to come.

Economy, Polity, and Society: British Intellectual History 1750-1950

Financial system, Polity and Society and its better half quantity heritage, faith and tradition target to compile new essays by way of the various prime highbrow historians of the interval. The essays in economic system, Polity and Society commence through addressing features of the eighteenth-century try, fairly within the paintings of Adam Smith, to return to grips with the character of "commercial society" and its certain notions of the self, of political liberty, and of financial development.

Global Theory from Kant to Hardt and Negri

Worldwide idea represents an influential and renowned technique of realizing modern social and political phenomena. Human identification and social tasks are thought of in a world context and within the gentle of a world human situation. an international point of view is thought to be new and to supersede previous social conception.

Mayoral Collaboration under Nazi Occupation in Belgium, the Netherlands and France, 1938-46

This booklet explores the position of mayors in navigating the realities of dwelling and governing lower than Nazi career. In Western Europe less than Nazi career, mayors of villages and towns have been pressured into strategic cooperation with the occupier. Mayors needed to supply reliable governance, mediate among occupier and populations, hold own legitimacy, and construct neighborhood consensus.

Extra resources for Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of Liberal Imperialism

Sample text

42 If British rule in India could ever be morally defended, it could only be with reference to its future potential rather than its past record. For these early reformers what was needed to overcome the precarious and illegitimate beginnings of empire in India then was “good government” that is, the creation of a form of rule that would work toward the improvement of the subject race, thereby intertwining the moral defense of empire with a platform of liberal reform. The period of liberal ascendance is usually associated with the tenures of Lords Bentinck (1828– 35) and Dalhousie (1848–56).

No scheme of government can happily conduce to the end of government, unless it is adapted to the state of the people for whose use it is intended. . 24 CRISIS OF LIBERAL IMPERIALISM 27 Here Mill demonstrates how theories of native society and societal development generate specific strategies of imperial rule. For Mill, to break with the Orientalist philosophy of rule, that is, one that was premised on insinuating itself into existing indigenous traditions, required the rejection of the Orientalist image of Indian civilization.

Building upon the work of Maine, administrators such as Alfred Lyall, Lord Cromer, Arthur Gordon, and Lord Lugard, cumulatively elaborated a distinct political theory of indirect rule, institutionally grounded in a policy of decentralization and normatively associated with cosmopolitan pluralism. Finally, the coda to this study revisits the question of liberalism’s past and present relationship to empire and elucidates the theoretical significance, and contemporary political resonances, of this revised account of nineteenth-century imperial ideology.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.74 of 5 – based on 25 votes

About admin