Liberalism, imperialism and the historical imagination : nineteenth century visions of Great Britain /

This book examines the ways in which imperial agendas informed the writing of history in nineteenth-century Britain and how historical writing transformed imperial agendas. Using the published writings and personal papers of Walter Scott, J. A. Froude, James Mill, Rammohun Roy, T. B. Macaulay, E. A....

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Main Author: Koditschek, Theodore.
Format: Book Electronic
Language:English
Published:Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2011.
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Main Author:Koditschek, Theodore.
Summary:This book examines the ways in which imperial agendas informed the writing of history in nineteenth-century Britain and how historical writing transformed imperial agendas. Using the published writings and personal papers of Walter Scott, J. A. Froude, James Mill, Rammohun Roy, T. B. Macaulay, E. A. Freeman, W. E. Gladstone, and J. R. Seeley among others, Theodore Koditschek sheds light on the role of the historical imagination in the establishment and legitimation of liberal imperialism. He shows how both imperialists and the imperialized were drawn to reflect back on the Empire's past as a result of the need to construct a modern, multi-national British imperial identity for a more economically expansive and enlightened present. By tracing the imperial lives and historical works of these pivotal figures, Theodore Koditschek illuminates the ways in which discourse altered practice, and vice versa, as well as how the history of Empire was continuously written and re-written.
Physical Description:1 online resource (xiii, 351 pages)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9780511858437 (electronic bk.)
0511858434 (electronic bk.)
9780511861048 (electronic bk.)
0511861044 (electronic bk.)