By Karuna Mantena
Alibis of Empire offers a unique account of the origins, substance, and afterlife of past due imperial ideology. Karuna Mantena demanding situations the concept that Victorian empire was once essentially legitimated by means of liberal notions of growth and civilization. in reality, because the British Empire received its farthest achieve, its ideology used to be being dramatically reworked 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 used to be a shift in perform towards versions of oblique rule. As Mantena indicates, the paintings of Victorian felony pupil Henry Maine used to be on the heart of those momentous adjustments. Alibis of Empire examines how Maine's sociotheoretic version of "traditional" society laid the foundation for the culturalist common sense of past due empire. In charting the circulation from liberal idealism, via culturalist clarification, to retroactive alibi inside of nineteenth-century British imperial ideology, Alibis of Empire finds a amazing and pervasive dynamic of recent empire.
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