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Liberalism and Empire: A Study in Nineteenth-Century British Liberal Thought

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We take liberalism to be a set of ideas committed to political rights and self-determination, yet it also served to justify an empire built on political domination. Uday Mehta argues that imperialism, far from contradicting liberal tenets, in fact stemmed from liberal assumptions about reason and historical progress. Confronted with unfamiliar cultures such as India, Briti ...more
Paperback, 245 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by University Of Chicago Press (first published May 28th 1999)
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Quite honestly, this is a must read for EVERYONE. I read it for class, and have used it in nearly every paper I wrote. Now you can understand why I hate liberal theory - YAY!
Mehta's book provides a sustained and effective critique of liberalism by looking at some of the major British liberals from Locke to the Mills. In a very interesting way Mehta uses Burke as a sort of foil to the nineteenth century liberal discourse, although the lack of a critique of any of Burke's ideas leaves something to be desired as Mehta does not seem to be proposing a conservative position.
morning Os
Interesting discussions, but not nicely written. Lacks a little bit of nuance and critical thinking in interpreting Burke's theoretical attitude. Must read Pitts' A Turn To Empire to get a balanced view.
Sara-Maria Sorentino
will write review sometime. this book was excellent. edmund burke, who knew?
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