Imperialism and Its Contradictions

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Psychology Press, 1995 - History - 218 pages
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Imperialism and Its Contradictions, Kiernan critically addresses the origins, consequences and legacies of modern imperialism and colonialism, discussing the imperial experience in its totality. Sensitive to the tragic and ironic character of human history, Kiernan considers and reflects upon the political, economic and cultural dimensions of the imperial experience and how it has shaped the lives and social orders of Europeans and non-Europeans alike. Issues treated in this book include the question of the relationship between the rise of capitalism and the making of Europe's overseas empires; the creation of colonial armies and their political uses; the dialectic of imperialism and revolution; the impact of imperialism on European culture; and the social and cultural problems confronting a post-imperial and multicultural Britain.
 

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Contents

Imperialism and Its Legacies
1
Modern Capitalism and Its Shepherds
23
Development Imperialism and Some Misconceptions
45
Colonial Africa and Its Armies
77
The Imperial Record
97
Imperialism and Revolution
121
Europe in the Colonial Mirror
145
Antonio Gramsci and the Other Continents
171
After Empire
191
Index
215
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V.G. Kiernan is Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the University of Edinburgh and the author of many books including The Lords of Human Kind, Marxism and Imperialism, European Empires from Conquest to Collapse and America: The New Imperialism. Harvey J. Kaye is the Ben and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Social Change and Development and Director of the Center for History and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is the author of The Education of Desire and co-editor of The American Radical.

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