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Empires in Perspective


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This important series examines a diverse range of imperial histories from the early modern period to the twentieth century. Drawing on works of political, social, economic and cultural history, the history of science and political theory, the series encourages methodological pluralism and does not impose any particular conception of historical scholarship. While focused on particular aspects of empire, works published also seek to address wider questions on the study of imperial history.

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Imperial Powers and Humanitarian Interventions The Zanzibar Sultanate, Britain, and France in the Indian Ocean, 1862–1905

Imperial Powers and Humanitarian Interventions: The Zanzibar Sultanate, Britain, and France in the Indian Ocean, 1862–1905

1st Edition

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By Raphaël Cheriau
May 04, 2021

In the second half of the nineteenth century, the Zanzibar Sultanate became the focal point of European imperial and humanitarian policies, most notably Britain, France, and Germany. In fact, the Sultanate was one of the few places in the world where humanitarianism and imperialism met in the most ...

Colonial Subjects Race, Law and Citizenship in the German Empire, 1884-1914

Colonial Subjects: Race, Law and Citizenship in the German Empire, 1884-1914

1st Edition

By Dominik Nagl
January 20, 2021

The hastily improvised establishment of a colonial empire in 1884 generated a variety of political and legal problems for Germany. To what extent the colonies and their inhabitants would be integrated into the existing constitutional and legal framework of the Fatherland became an increasingly ...

The Discourse of British and German Colonialism Convergence and Competition

The Discourse of British and German Colonialism: Convergence and Competition

1st Edition

Edited By Felicity Rash, Geraldine Horan
July 31, 2020

This volume compares and contrasts British and German colonialist discourses from a variety of angles: philosophical, political, social, economic, legal, and discourse-linguistic. British and German cooperation and competition are presented as complementary forces in the European colonial project ...

The Making of Modern Physics in Colonial India

The Making of Modern Physics in Colonial India

1st Edition

By Somaditya Banerjee
May 20, 2020

This monograph offers a cultural history of the development of physics in India during the first half of the twentieth century, focusing on Indian physicists Satyendranath Bose (1894-1974), Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (1888-1970) and Meghnad Saha (1893-1956). The analytical category "bhadralok ...

Colonialism, China and the Chinese Amidst Empires

Colonialism, China and the Chinese: Amidst Empires

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Monteath, Matthew P. Fitzpatrick
August 07, 2019

This book explores the place of China and the Chinese during the age of imperialism. Focusing not only on the state but also on the vitality of Chinese culture and the Chinese diaspora, it examines the seeming contradictions of a period in which China came under immense pressure from imperial ...

The First World War, Anticolonialism and Imperial Authority in British India, 1914-1924

The First World War, Anticolonialism and Imperial Authority in British India, 1914-1924

1st Edition

By Sharmishtha Roy Chowdhury
May 31, 2019

Between 1914, when the Great War began, and 1924, when the Ottoman Caliphate ended, British and Indian officials and activists reformulated political ideas in the context of total war in the Middle East, Gandhian mass mobilisation, and the 1919 Amritsar massacre. Using discussions on travel, ...

Liberalism and the British Empire in Southeast Asia

Liberalism and the British Empire in Southeast Asia

1st Edition

Edited By Gareth Knapman, Anthony Milner, Mary Quilty
September 06, 2018

This collection of essays collects the leading scholars on British colonial thought in Southeast Asia to consider the question: what was the relationship between liberalism and the British Empire in Southeast Asia? The empire builders in Southeast Asia: Lord Minto, William Farquhar, John Leyden, ...

Outskirts of Empire Studies in British Power Projection

Outskirts of Empire: Studies in British Power Projection

1st Edition

By John Fisher
August 23, 2018

Outskirts of Empire: Studies in British Power Projection investigates the substructure of Britain’s interests in the Near East and beyond during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Essays address themes in British power projection in a geographically wide area encompassing parts of the Ottoman ...

A History of Italian Colonialism, 1860–1907 Europe’s Last Empire

A History of Italian Colonialism, 1860–1907: Europe’s Last Empire

1st Edition

By Giuseppe Finaldi
June 28, 2018

This book provides a narrative history of Italian colonialism from Italian unification in the 1860s to the first decade of the twentieth century; that is, it details Italy’s imperialism in the years of the Scramble for Africa. It deals with the factors that drove Italy to search for territory in ...

Race and British Colonialism in Southeast Asia, 1770-1870 John Crawfurd and the Politics of Equality

Race and British Colonialism in Southeast Asia, 1770-1870: John Crawfurd and the Politics of Equality

1st Edition

By Gareth Knapman
June 28, 2018

The idea of "race" played an increasing role in nineteenth-century British colonial thought. For most of the nineteenth century, John Crawfurd towered over British colonial policy in South-East Asia, being not only a colonial administrator, journalist and professional lobbyist, but also one of the ...

British Imperialism and Turkish Nationalism in Cyprus, 1923-1939 Divide, Define and Rule

British Imperialism and Turkish Nationalism in Cyprus, 1923-1939: Divide, Define and Rule

1st Edition

By Ilia Xypolia
November 14, 2017

As Cyprus experienced British imperial rule between 1878 and 1960, Greek and Turkish nationalism on the island developed at different times and at different speeds. Relations between Turkish Cypriots and the British on the one hand, and Greek Cypriots and the British on the other, were often ...

Secularism, Islam and Education in India, 1830–1910

Secularism, Islam and Education in India, 1830–1910

1st Edition

By Robert Ivermee
May 25, 2017

During the nineteenth century British officials in India decided that the education system should be exclusively secular. Drawing on sources from public and private archives, Ivermee presents a study of British/Muslim negotiations over the secularization of colonial Indian education and on the ...

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