Imperial History and the Global Politics of Exclusion

Britain, 1880-1940

  • Amanda Behm

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

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Introduction

Examining the rise of the field of imperial history in Britain and wider webs of advocacy, this book demonstrates how intellectuals and politicians promoted settler colonialism, excluded the subject empire, and laid a precarious framework for decolonization. History was politics in late-nineteenth-century Britain. But the means by which influential thinkers sought to steer democracy and state development also consigned vast populations to the margins of imperial debate and policy. From the 1880s onward, politicians, intellectuals, and journalists erected a school of thought based on exclusion and deferral that segregated past and future, backwardness and civilization, validating racial discrimination in empire all while disavowing racism. These efforts, however, engendered powerful anticolonial backlash and cast a long shadow over the closing decades of imperial rule. Bringing to life the forgotten struggles which have, in effect, defined our times, Imperial History and the Global Politics of Exclusion is an important reinterpretation of the intellectual history of the British Empire.

Keywords

Britain Empire Race Racial Theory Political History Settler Colonialism Imperialism Commonwealth Decolonization

Authors and affiliations

  • Amanda Behm
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of YorkYorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-54850-4
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-54602-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-54850-4
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