By Karuna Mantena

ISBN-10: 0691128162

ISBN-13: 9780691128160

Alibis of Empire offers a unique account of the origins, substance, and afterlife of past due imperial ideology. Karuna Mantena demanding situations the concept Victorian empire used to be essentially legitimated by way of liberal notions of growth and civilization. actually, because the British Empire received its farthest succeed in, its ideology was once being dramatically remodeled through a self-conscious rejection of the liberal version. The cave in of liberal imperialism enabled a brand new culturalism that under pressure the hazards and problems of attempting to "civilize" local peoples. And, hand in hand with this shift in considering was once a shift in perform towards versions of oblique rule. As Mantena indicates, the paintings of Victorian criminal student Henry Maine used to be on the middle of those momentous adjustments. Alibis of Empire examines how Maine's sociotheoretic version of "traditional" society laid the basis for the culturalist common sense of overdue empire. In charting the move from liberal idealism, via culturalist rationalization, to retroactive alibi inside nineteenth-century British imperial ideology, Alibis of Empire reveals a extraordinary and pervasive dynamic of recent empire.

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