1st Edition

Imperialism in the Modern World
Sources and Interpretations

ISBN 9780131899056
Published July 13, 2006 by Routledge
368 Pages

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Book Description

Imperialism in the Modern World combines narrative, primary and secondary sources, and visual documents to examine global relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The three co-editors, Professors Bowman, Chiteji, and Greene, have taught for many years global history classes in a variety of institutions. They wrote Imperialism in the Modern World to solve the problem of allowing teachers to combine primary and secondary texts easily and systematically to follow major themes in global history (some readers use primary materials exclusively. Some focus on secondary arguments). This book is more focused than other readers on the markets for those teachers who are offering more specialized world history courses - one important trend in global history is away from simply trying to cover everything to teaching real connections in more chronologically and thematically focused courses. The reader also provides a genuine diversity of global perspectives and invites students to study seriously world history from a critical framework. Too many readers offer a smorgasbord approach to world history that leaves students dazed and confused. This reader avoids that approach and will therefore solve many problems that teachers have in constructing and teaching world history courses at the introductory or upper-division levels. The reader will allow show students how to read historical documents through a hands-on demonstration in the introduction. The book also incorporates images as visual documents. Finally, the book conceives of global history in the widest possible terms; it contains pieces on political, diplomatic, economic, and military history, to be sure, but it also has selections on technology, medicine, women, the environment, social changes, and cultural patterns. Other readers can not match this text's breadth because they are chronologically and thematically so extended.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The World on the Eve of High Imperialism

Part I: The Imperialists


1. Jules Ferry, “Speech before the French Chamber of Deputies.” (1884)

2. Image: “Growing Markets for our Goods”

3. Rudyard Kipling, “White Man’s Burden.”

4. Image: “Pear’s Soap Ad”

5. Herbert Spencer, Illustrations of Universal Progress

6. Image: “Crystal Palace”

7. Karl Marx, “The British Rule in India”

8. “Emperor Meiji’s Letter to President Grant on Iwakura Mission, 1871.”

9. Joseph Conrad, “An Outpost of Progress.”

10. Image: British Officer Reclining

11. Arthur James Balfour, Speech to the British House of Commons on the “Problems with which we have to deal in Egypt.” 13 June 1910.

12. “An Ottoman Government Decree Defines the Official Notion of the ‘Modern’ Citizen”

13. Image: Victorian Wallpaper

Suggested Further Readings

Part II: The Anti-Imperialists


1. Image: Tippoo’s Tiger

2. M. K. Gandhi, “Civilisation.”

3. Ho Chi Minh, “Equality.”

4. Godfey N. Uzoigwe, Britain and the Conquest of Africa.

5. Jose Marti, “Mother America.”

6. Sayyid Jamal ad-Din (al-Afghani), “Lecture on Teaching and Learning.”

7. E. D. Morel, The Black Man’s Burden.

8. Aime Cesaire, Discourse on Colonialism.

9. Jose Rizal, Noli Me Tangere.

10. Vladimir I. Lenin, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism.

11. Multatuli, Max Havelaar

Suggested Further Readings

Part III: Tools of Empire


1. Image: Perry’s ship

2. Michael Adas, “Machines as the Measure of Men .

3. Image: “East African Transport old and new style”

4. Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia.

5. J. Clinton Cunningham, Products of the Empire.

6. Daniel Headrick, “Malaria, Quinine, and the Penetration of Africa.

7. Eduardo Galeano, Open Veins of Latin America.

8. L.S. Senghor, “French-Language of Culture.”

9. “Indian Commissioner Thomas J. Morgan on the Need for Compulsory Education, 1892.” (North American Native Americans)

10. Image: “Railroads and Coolies”

11. Theodore Christlieb, Protestant Foreign Missions: Their Present State.

12. Image: Belgian Territorial Agent

13. Kita Ikki, “An Outline Plan for the Reorganization of Japan.”

14. Ngugi wa Thiong’o, “Kimathi on law as a tool of oppression.”

Suggested Further Readings

Part IV: Reconfigurations: The Colonial World (circa 1870s to the 1950s)


1. Image: “Emperor Meiji”

2. Albert Memmi, The Colonizer and the Colonized.

3. “Summary of Orders.” (Martial Law in the Punjab)

4. Charles Allen, Plain Tales from the Raj: Images of India in the Twentieth Century.

5. “A Bill to Restrain the Solemnization of Child Marriages.” (India)

6. Huda Shaarawi, Harem Years.

7. Onitsha Market Literature. “Beautiful Maria and the Act of True Love.” (Africa)

8. Chinua Achebe, “Named for Victoria: Queen of England.”

9. Liang Qichao, “Inaugural Statement for the Eastern Times.” (China)

10. Joyce Cary, Mister Johnson.

11. Madelon Lulofs, Rubber.

12. Image: “Coffee Plantation”

13. Image: “The African and Oriental Bureau and Buying Agency,” African Times and Orient Review.

14. Jose Carlos Mariategui, Seven Interpretive Essays on Peruvian Reality.

15. Image: “Advertisement for the Sontag Hotel in Seoul,” Terry’s Japanese Empire.

16. Red Man: An Illustrated Magazine printed by Indians. (North America)

17. Maps of colonized cities

Suggested Further Readings

Part V: Empire’s Tools for Liberation


1. Harry Thuku, Autobiography.

2. J. E. Casely Hayford, Ethiopia Unbound.

3. Orishatuke Faduma, “African Education in Sierra Leone.”

4. Li Dazhao, “The Victory of Bolshevism.”

5. Martin Buber, “An Open Letter to Mahatma Gandhi.”

6. M. K. Ghandi, “Satyagraha and Fearlessness.”

7. Image: “Madras Protest”

8. Claude McKay, “Passive Resistance.”

9. Manmohini Sutshi Sahgal, An Indian Freedom Fighter Recalls her Life.

10. Image: “Algerian Woman Fighters”

11. Truong Nhu Tang, A Viet Cong Memoir.

12. Che Guevara, Guerilla Warfare.

13. Image: “Cuban Protest with Che’s Image”

14. Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s Story.

15. “Speech by President Soekarno at the Opening of the Asian-African Conference.” Bandung, Indonesia. 18 April 1955.

Suggested Further Readings

Part VI: Decolonization


1. Ho Chi Minh, “Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Viet-Nam”

2. Kushwant Singh, Train to Pakistan. (Selection)

3. Document on the Non-Aligned Movement from the 1970s

4. Gamal Abdul Nasser, “The Arab Revolution.”

5. Abd el-Kadr’s leadership of the Algerians against the French. (Document)

6. Amilcar Cabral, “National Liberation and Culture.”

7. Joe Kane, “Moi goes to Washington.”

8. Document from the American Indian Movement (North America in the 1970s)

9. Liberation Theology in Latin America (Document)

10. Tsitsi Dangarambga, Nervous Conditions. (Selection).

11. Nelson Mandela, “The South African ‘Freedom Charter.’”

12. Selection on global feminism and liberation movements

13. Map of the World, 2000

Suggested Further Readings

Part VII: Further Reconfigurations: The Post-Colonial World (1960s to the Present)


1. Kwame Nkrumah, Neo-Colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism. (Selection)

2. Mehdi Charef, Tea in the Harem. (Selection)

3. Zand Dokht, “The Revolution that Failed Women.” (Iranian Revolution)

4. D.K. Fieldhouse, Black Africa 1945-1980: Economic Decolonization and Arrested Development. (Selection)

5. Jane Kramer, Unsettling Europe. (Selection)

6. Excerpts from the Dictionary of Indian English and the Oxford English Dictionary.

7. Ian McAuley, Guide to Ethnic London. (Selection)

8. DATA–Debt, AIDS, and Trade in Africa (Documents)

9. The Kyoto Accord (Document)

10. Walter LeFeber, Inevitable Revolutions: the United States in Central America. (Selection)

11. Buchi Emecheta, Head Above Water (Selection)

12. “What’s Right with Africa,” Current History (May 1994)

13. Documents from the World Trade Organization and the World Bank

14. Edward Said, commentary on Islam in America (a post-9/11 discussion)

Suggested Further Readings


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