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Reordering the World is a penetrating account of the complexity and contradictions found in liberal visions of empire. Focusing mainly on nineteenth-century Britain—at the time the largest empire in history and a key incubator of liberal political thought—Duncan Bell sheds new light on some of the most important themes in modern imperial ideology.

The book ranges widely across Victorian intellectual life and beyond. The opening essays explore the nature of liberalism, varieties of imperial ideology, the uses and abuses of ancient history, the imaginative functions of the monarchy, and fantasies of Anglo-Saxon global domination. They are followed by illuminating studies of prominent thinkers, including J. A. Hobson, L. T. Hobhouse, John Stuart Mill, Henry Sidgwick, Herbert Spencer, and J. R. Seeley. While insisting that liberal attitudes to empire were multiple and varied, Bell emphasizes the liberal fascination with settler colonialism. It was in the settler empire that many liberal imperialists found the place of their political dreams.

Reordering the World is a significant contribution to the history of modern political thought and political theory.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. 1. Introduction: Reordering the World
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part I: Frames
  1. 2. The Dream Machine: On Liberalism and Empire
  2. pp. 19-61
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  1. 3. What Is Liberalism?
  2. pp. 62-90
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  1. 4. Ideologies of Empire
  2. pp. 91-116
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  1. Part II: Themes
  1. 5. Escape Velocity: Ancient History and the Empire of Time
  2. pp. 119-147
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  1. 6. The Idea of a Patriot Queen? The Monarchy, the Constitution, and the Iconographic Order of Greater Britain, 1860–1900
  2. pp. 148-165
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  1. 7. Imagined Spaces: Nation, State, and Territory in the British Colonial Empire, 1860–1914
  2. pp. 166-181
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  1. 8. The Project for a New Anglo Century: Race, Space, and Global Order
  2. pp. 182-208
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  1. Part III: Thinkers
  1. 9. John Stuart Mill on Colonies
  2. pp. 211-236
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  1. 10. International Society in Victorian Political Thought: T. H. Green, Herbert Spencer, and Henry Sidgwick With Casper Sylvest
  2. pp. 237-264
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  1. 11. John Robert Seeley and the Political Theology of Empire
  2. pp. 265-296
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  1. 12. Republican Imperialism: J. A. Froude and the Virtue of Empire
  2. pp. 297-320
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  1. 13. Alter Orbis: E. A. Freeman on Empire and Racial Destiny
  2. pp. 321-340
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  1. 14. Democracy and Empire: J. A. Hobson, L. T. Hobhouse, and the Crisis of Liberalism
  2. pp. 341-362
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  1. 15. Coda: (De)Colonizing Liberalism
  2. pp. 363-372
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 373-430
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 431-442
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400881024
Related ISBN
9780691138787
MARC Record
OCLC
1017608500
Pages
456
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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