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Critical Concepts in Historical Studies, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Cain, Mark Harrison


1,160 pages

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Hardback: 9780415206273
pub: 2000-10-26

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The philosopher W.B. Gallie argued many years ago that there could be no simple definition of words such as 'freedom' because they embodied what he called 'essentially contested concepts'. They were words whose meaning had to be fought over and whose compteting definitions arose out of political struggle and conflict. Imperialism, and its close ally, colonialism, are two such contested concepts.

This set will give readers an insight in to the main lines of debate about the meanings of imperialism and colonialism over the last two centuries.

Table of Contents

Volume I

Part I. The Emergence of Imperialism as a Concept

Part II. Early Marxist Theories and their Critics

Volume II

Part III. Modern Marxism and Dependency Theories

Part IV. Modern Historians and Imperialism

Volume III

Part V. Cultural and 'Postcolonial' Critiques

About the Series

Critical Concepts in Historical Studies

The Critical Concepts in Historical Studies series spans a broad period of history, with titles ranging from The Celtic World through to Genocide, the series focusses not on one single era, but rather draws upon some of the most significant events in our history. The latest edition to this series, Slavery, examines the history of the slave trade across 4 volumes.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General