Description - Imperialism by Peter Cain
The philosopher W.B. Gallie argued many years ago that there could be no simple definition of words such as 'freedom' because they embodied what he called 'essentially contested concepts'. They were words whose meaning had to be fought over and whose competing definitions arose out of political struggle and conflict. Imperialism, and its close ally, colonialism, are two such contested concepts. The purpose of this project is to give readers some insight into the main lines of debate about the meaning of imperialism and colonialism over the last two centuries. This collection highlights the ways in which such concepts have changed their meaning over time. For example, in the early 19th century, the word 'imperialism' was not used in the context of territories ruled by Britain, instead, 'colony' or 'colonial' were accepted as appropriate terms. 'Imperialism' was used to discuss military conquest of the Napoleonic variety. Areas covered include: * Debates on the origins and significance of colonial empires * Discussions of imperialism as it grew out of the pre-1914 radical and Marxist critiques. * The emergence of Postcolonialism.
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(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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