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, British liberals could only see them as backward or infantile. In this, liberals manifested a narrow conception of human experience and ways of being in the ...

Liberalism and Empire: A Study in Nineteenth-Century British Liberal Thought 1999, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226518824

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Liberalism and Empire: A Study in Nineteenth-Century British Liberal Thought 1999, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

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