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Imperialism and its Contradictions

ISBN 9780415907972
Published November 23, 1994 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

V.G. Kiernan is recognized as one of the most remarkable historians of the twentieth century. Eric Hobsbawm says of Kiernan that his knowledge is "encyclopedic" and Edward Said refers to his writings on imperialism as "milestones." In Imperialism and Its Contradictions, Kiernan critically addresses the origins, consequences and legacies of modern imperialism and colonialism, discussing the imperial experience in its totality.

Sensitive to the tragic and ironic character of human history, Kiernan considers and reflects upon the political, economic and cultural dimensions of the imperial experience and how it has shaped the lives and social orders of Europeans and non-Europeans alike.

Issues treated in Imperialism and Its Contradictions include the question of the relationship between the rise of capitalism and the making of Europe's overseas empires; the creation of colonial armies and their political uses; the dialectic of imperialism and revolution; the impact of imperialism on European culture; and the social and cultural problems confronting a post-imperial and multicultural Britain. The book also includes Kiernan's discussion of the work of Antonio Gramsci and its implications for the study of imperialism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Imperialism and Its Legacies; Modern Capitalism and Its Shepherds; Development, Imperialism and Some Misconceptions; Colonial Africa and Its Armies; Europe and the World: The Imperial Record; Imperialism and Revolution.

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V.G. Kiernan is Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the University of Edinburgh and the author of many books including The Lords of Human Kind, Marxism and Imperialism, European Empires from Conquest to Collapse and America: The New Imperialism. Harvey J. Kaye is the Ben and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Social Change and Development and Director of the Center for History and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is the author of The Education of Desire and co-editor of The American Radical.


"[Dr. Kiernan's] remarks on the general nature of imperialism accordingly must command considerable authority . . . makes a strong case that studies of imperialism are still much in order and are not rendered obsolete by the end of the cold war . . . Imperialism will convince you that imperial attitudes are still alive." -- Digest of Middle East Studies
"These essays bring new insights into familiar storiesl." -- The International Journal of African Historical Studies