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Evaluating Empire and Confronting Colonialism in Eighteenth-Century Britain

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  • Date Published: March 2013
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107682986

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  • This volume comprehensively examines how metropolitan Britons spoke and wrote about the British Empire during the short eighteenth century, from about 1730 to 1790. The work argues that following several decades of largely uncritical celebration of the empire as a vibrant commercial entity that had made Britain prosperous and powerful, a growing familiarity with the character of overseas territories and their inhabitants during and after the Seven Years' War produced a substantial critique of empire. This critique evolved out of a widespread revulsion against the behaviours exhibited by Britons overseas and built on a language of 'otherness' that metropolitans had used since the beginning of overseas expansion to describe its participants, the societies and polities that Britons abroad constructed in their new habitats. It used the languages of humanity and justice as standards to evaluate and condemn the behaviours of both overseas Britons and subaltern people in the British Empire, whether in India, the Americas, Africa or Ireland.

    • Emphasizes the critique of empire and its historical importance
    • Comprehensive examination of how Britons celebrated and critiqued their empire during the short eighteenth century
    • Most recent text from one of the most distinguished scholars of British-American history
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    'Groundbreaking … One cannot imagine anyone failing to profit from immersing themselves in (these) elegantly written pages.(Greene) has opened up a subject and a debate on anti-colonialism in the British Empire which is likely to be with us for a long time to come.' History Today

    'Greene offers a series of case studies of imperial issues in America, Africa, the Caribbean, Ireland, and India between the 1760s and 1790s … It provides an important context with which to understand early America …' Andrew J. O'Shaughnessy, Journal of American History

    'An important book on a topic to which historians have not given due attention. Greene has done nothing short of opening up a new subfield of eighteenth-century imperial history. No doubt rich harvests will follow.' Max M. Edling, The Journal of Southern History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107682986
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 153 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'The principal cornucopia of Great Britain's wealth': the languages of commerce, liberty, security, and maritime supremacy and the celebration of empire
    2. Outposts of 'loose vagrant people': the language of alterity in the evaluation of empire
    3. 'A fabric at once the dread and wonder of the world': the languages of imperial grandeur, liberty, commerce, humanity, and justice and the American challenge to empire
    4. Arenas of 'Asiatic plunder': the languages of humanity and justice and the excesses of empire in India
    5. Sites of Creolean despotism: the languages of humanity and justice and the critique of colonial slavery and the African slave trade
    6. 'A fruitless, bloody, wasting war': the languages of imperial grandeur. Liberty, humanity, and commerce in the American conflict
    7. 'This voraginous gulph of Hibernian dependence': the languages of oppression, corruption, justice, liberty, and humanity and the identification of imperial excesses in Ireland
    8. A 'shadow of our former glory'?: The discussion of empire in the wake of American secession
    9. Epilogue: 'against every principle of justice, humanity, and whatever is allowed to be right among mankind': standards of humanity and the evaluation of empire.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Colonial British America
    • Transformation of Empire in the 18th Century
    • from Confederation to Confederacy
  • Author

    Jack P. Greene, The Johns Hopkins University
    Jack P. Greene is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus in the Humanities in the Department of History at The Johns Hopkins University. Before retiring in 2005, he taught colonial British-American history for almost a half century at Michigan State University, Western Reserve University, the University of Michigan and The Johns Hopkins University. Greene's publications are extensive, including eleven monographs, seven booklets, eight edited volumes, eight documentary editions, two anthologies, four encyclopedias and one bibliography. He has also published nearly one hundred chapters in books, more than one hundred journal articles and hundreds of book reviews. Additionally, he has supervised eighty-eight dissertations. Greene is a member of the American Historical Association, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Historical Society and the British Academy.

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