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.
Table of Contents
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.