Very good in very good dust jacket. Ex-library. Clean and tight copy with no marks in text; attractive dust jacket. 336 p. illus. 22 cm. Includes many Illustrations, index, notes on sources. "...a brilliantly ironic account of the folly of imperial behavior wherever it appears...."
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Boston. 1969. Little Brown. 1st Edition. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. 336 pages. hardcover. keywords: History Empire England. inventory # 20139. FROM THE PUBLISHER-Best known for THE LORDS OF HUMAN KIND (1969), V. G. Kiernan created a work ‘concerned with the impressions and opinions of Europeans and non-Europeans about one another, their attitudes and behaviour towards one another, in the century or century and a half before the First World War, the epoch when Europe's importance in the world was greatest. ' The Palestinian intellectual Edward Said regarded it as a central influence in developing his modern-day classic Orientalism (1978). Kiernan's work has many haunting themes, including the contrast between liberty at home and tyrannical oppression abroad: ‘It did not escape comment that the Dutch were no sooner gaining their freedom at home than they were depriving other people of theirs, an inconsistency repeated by several European nations later on. ' The techniques of oppression abroad brought a pack of plagues back to Europe, observed Kiernan, whether in Lord Salisbury's crass judgment that the Irish were no more fit for home rule than Hottentots or in the imperial manner of warfare that relied on hard-charging offensive techniques designed ‘to hypnotize and paralyze the enemy by asserting the firmer will and higher morale of the attacker. ' As millions of Europeans were later slaughtered in World War I, the military officers failed to see ‘that machine guns and barbed wire were not so easily hypnotized as half-armed' Asians and Africans. The generals doggedly stuck to the bayonet-charging techniques that once worked for them in their youth on the campaign grounds in the overseas colonies. Kiernan's work also examined a variety of racial hierarchies on display in European literature, perhaps most graphically in Conan Doyle's The Poison Belt (1913). In this work, there is ‘a table of ranks among the races, an order of fitness to survive. implied in the sequence in which they succumb to the mysterious etheric poison that the planet has swum into. Africa and the Australian aborigines are speedily extinguished, followed by India and Persia, while in Europe the Slavs collapse sooner than the Teutons, and southern France sooner than the north, after 'delirious excitement' and a 'Socialist upheaval' at Toulon. '
Good. No Jacket. 0231059418 Stated Columbia Univ Press Morningside Edition, 1986, New York. Printed in USA. No marks or damage from past owners, not a former library book, no jacket, not a remainder, Soft cover. Cover shows some shelf wear, rubbing, mildly bumped corners/edges, light creasing at spine and one crease on cover. Clean inside pages. Overall Good+ Condition. An informal history of attitudes held by Europeans toward "others" in the 19th century. An ironic and highly readable account of the misrepresentation of non-Europeans and of Europeans, some of them exhibited in a lively collection of 21 contemporary newspaper illustrations and other works of popular art. All books shipped within 24 hours with U.S. Postal Service Delivery Confirmation, each order is packaged in a new box with bubble wrap, and always your satisfaction is guaranteed.
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