By Karuna Mantena
Alibis of Empire offers a singular account of the origins, substance, and afterlife of overdue imperial ideology. Karuna Mantena demanding situations the concept Victorian empire was once basically legitimated by means of liberal notions of growth and civilization. in reality, because the British Empire won its farthest succeed in, its ideology used to be being dramatically remodeled via a self-conscious rejection of the liberal version. The cave in of liberal imperialism enabled a brand new culturalism that under pressure the risks and problems of attempting to "civilize" local peoples. And, hand in hand with this shift in considering was once a shift in perform towards versions of oblique rule. As Mantena exhibits, the paintings of Victorian felony student Henry Maine was once on the heart of those momentous alterations. Alibis of Empire examines how Maine's sociotheoretic version of "traditional" society laid the basis for the culturalist good judgment of overdue empire. In charting the move from liberal idealism, via culturalist clarification, to retroactive alibi inside of nineteenth-century British imperial ideology, Alibis of Empire finds a awesome and pervasive dynamic of recent empire.
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