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

By Karuna Mantena

Alibis of Empire provides a unique account of the origins, substance, and afterlife of past due imperial ideology. Karuna Mantena demanding situations the concept that Victorian empire was once basically legitimated by way of liberal notions of growth and civilization. in reality, because the British Empire won its farthest achieve, its ideology used to be being dramatically remodeled by means of a self-conscious rejection of the liberal version. The cave in of liberal imperialism enabled a brand new culturalism that under pressure the hazards 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 pupil Henry Maine used to be on the heart of those momentous alterations. Alibis of Empire examines how Maine's sociotheoretic version of "traditional" society laid the foundation for the culturalist good judgment of past due empire. In charting the move from liberal idealism, via culturalist clarification, to retroactive alibi inside of nineteenth-century British imperial ideology, Alibis of Empire reveals a notable and pervasive dynamic of contemporary empire.

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