1st Edition

The New Imperial Histories Reader

Edited By Stephen Howe Copyright 2009
    480 Pages
    by Routledge

    478 Pages
    by Routledge

    In recent years, imperial history has experienced a newfound vigour, dynamism and diversity. There has been an explosion of new work in the field, which has been driven into even greater prominence by contemporary world events. However, this resurgence has brought with it disputes between those who are labelled as exponents of a ‘new imperial history’ and those who can, by default, be termed old imperial historians.

    This collection not only gathers together some of the most important, influential and controversial work which has come to be labelled ‘new imperial history’, but also presents key examples of innovative recent writing across the broader fields of imperial and colonial studies. 

    This book is the perfect companion for any student interested in empires and global history.

    Introduction Stephen Howe  Part 1: Promoting and Explaining ‘New Imperial History’  1. The Colonial Situation: A Theoretical Approach George Balandier  2. Rules of Thumb: British History and ‘Imperial Culture Antoinette Burton  3. Provincializing Europe: Postcoloniality and the Critique of History Dipesh Chakrabarty  Part 2: Intellectual Battles and Exchanges  4. Postcolonial Studies and the Study of History Frederick Cooper  5. Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India Nicholas Dirks  6. Shoot Them to Be Sure Richard Gott  Part 3: Influences from Anthropology and Psychoanalysis  7. Colonialism and Its Forms of Knowledge. The British in India Bernard Cohn  8. The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism Ashis Nandy  Part 4: Imperial Cultures as Global Networks  9. Imperial Networks: Creating Identities in Nineteenth-century South Africa and Britain Alan Lester  10. Mapping the British World Carl Bridge and Kent Fedorowich  11. Colonial Subjects: An African intelligentsia and Atlantic ideas P.S. Zachernuk  Part 5: Feminism, Gender Studies, Histories of the Body  12. Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule Ann Laura Stoler  13. Thinking Back: Gender Misrecognition and Polynesian Subversions Aboard the Cook Voyages Kathleen Wilson  Part 6: Ecological Histories  14. Green Imperialism: Colonial Expansion, Tropical Island Edens, and the Origins of Environmentalism, 1660–1860 Richard Grove  15. Environment, Power, and Injustice: A South African History Nancy J. Jacobs  Part 7: Racial imaginings  16. Orientalism and Race: Aryanism in the British Empire Tony Ballantyne  17. Slower Than a Massacre: The Multiple Sources of Racial Thought in Colonial Africa Jonathon Glassman  18. The Imperial Working Class Makes Itself ‘White’: White Labourism in Britain, Australia, and South Africa before the First World War Jonathan Hyslop  Part 8: The Impact of Colonialism’s Cultures on Metropoles  19. The Persistence of Empire in Metropolitan Culture John Mackenzie  20. There'll Always be an England: Representations of Colonial Wars and Immigration, 1948–1968 Wendy Webster  21. The Language of Imperialism and the Meanings of Empire Andrew Thompson  Part 9: Colonialism’s Afterlives  22. After Empire: Melancholia or Convivial Culture? Paul Gilroy  23. Claudia Jones and the West Indian Gazette: Reflections on the Emergence of Post-colonial Britain Bill Schwarz  Part 10: Africa and The Caribbean  24. Haiti, History, and the Gods Joan Dayan  25. Modern Blackness: ‘What We Are and What We Hope To Be Deborah A.Thomas  26. Re-introducing the ‘People Without History': African Historiographies E.S. Atieno Odhiambo  xi) Other Empires, Other Histories  27. They Live in a State of Nomadism and Savagery’: The Late Ottoman Empire and the Post-Colonial Debate Selim Deringil  28. La République Métissée: Citizenship, Colonialism, and the Borders of French History Laurent Dubois  Part 11: New Histories, New Empires – and the ‘Colonial Present’  29. Imperialism, Liberalism and the Quest for Perpetual Peace Anthony Pagden  30. Empire After Globalisation Partha Chatterjee



    Stephen Howe is Professor of the History and Cultures of Colonialism at the University of Bristol. His previous books include Anticolonialism in British Politics (1993); Afrocentrism (1998); Ireland and Empire (2000) and Empire: a Very Short Introduction (2002). He is also co-editor of the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.