Purifying Empire

  • Filename: purifying-empire.
  • ISBN: 9781139488181
  • Release Date: 2010-06-03
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Deana Heath
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Purifying Empire explores the material, cultural and moral fragmentation of the boundaries of imperial and colonial rule in the British Empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It charts how a particular bio-political project, namely the drive to regulate the obscene in late nineteenth-century Britain, was transformed from a national into a global and imperial venture and then re-localized in two different colonial contexts, India and Australia, to serve decidedly different ends. While a considerable body of work has demonstrated both the role of empire in shaping moral regulatory projects in Britain and their adaptation, transformation and, at times, rejection in colonial contexts, this book illustrates that it is in fact only through a comparative and transnational framework that it is possible to elucidate both the temporalist nature of colonialism and the political, racial and moral contradictions that sustained imperial and colonial regimes.

Reforming the World

  • Filename: reforming-the-world.
  • ISBN: 9781400836635
  • Release Date: 2010-07-01
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Ian Tyrrell
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press

Reforming the World offers a sophisticated account of how and why, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, American missionaries and moral reformers undertook work abroad at an unprecedented rate and scale. Looking at various organizations such as the Young Men's Christian Association and the Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions, Ian Tyrrell describes the influence that the export of American values had back home, and explores the methods and networks used by reformers to fashion a global and nonterritorial empire. He follows the transnational American response to internal pressures, the European colonies, and dynamic changes in global society. Examining the cultural context of American expansionism from the 1870s to the 1920s, Tyrrell provides a new interpretation of Christian and evangelical missionary work, and he addresses America's use of "soft power." He describes evangelical reform's influence on American colonial and diplomatic policy, emphasizes the limits of that impact, and documents the often idiosyncratic personal histories, aspirations, and cultural heritage of moral reformers such as Margaret and Mary Leitch, Louis Klopsch, Clara Barton, and Ida Wells. The book illustrates that moral reform influenced the United States as much as it did the colonial and quasi-colonial peoples Americans came in contact with, and shaped the architecture of American dealings with the larger world of empires through to the era of Woodrow Wilson. Investigating the wide-reaching and diverse influence of evangelical reform movements, Reforming the World establishes how transnational organizing played a vital role in America's political and economic expansion. Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.

Cultures of darkness

  • Filename: cultures-of-darkness.
  • ISBN: UOM:49015002579176
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 609
  • Author: Bryan D. Palmer
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Pr

Peasants, religious heretics, witches, pirates, runaway slaves, prostitutes and pornographers, frequenters of taverns and fraternal society lodge rooms, revolutionaries, blues and jazz musicians, beats, and contemporary youth gangs--those who defied authority, choosing to live outside the defining cultural dominions of early insurgent and, later, dominant capitalism are what Bryan D. Palmer calls people of the night. These lives of opposition, or otherness, were seen by the powerful as deviant, rejecting authority, and consequently threatening to the established order.Constructing a rich historical tapestry of example and experience spanning eight centuries, Palmer details lives of exclusion and challenge, as the "night travels" of the transgressors clash repeatedly with the powerful conventions of their times. Nights of liberation and exhilarating desire--sexual and social--are at the heart of this study. But so too are the dangers of darkness, as marginality is coerced into corners of pressured confinement, or the night is used as a cover for brutalizing terror, as was the case in Nazi Germany or the lynching of African Americans.Making extensive use of the interdisciplinary literature of marginality found in scholarly work in history, sociology, cultural studies, literature, anthropology, and politics, Palmer takes an unflinching look at the rise and transformation of capitalism as it was lived by the dispossessed and those stamped with the mark of otherness.

Colonial Lives Across the British Empire

  • Filename: colonial-lives-across-the-british-empire.
  • ISBN: 9780521847704
  • Release Date: 2006-11-23
  • Number of pages: 376
  • Author: David Lambert
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A series of portraits of 'imperial lives' to rethink the history of the British Empire in the nineteenth century.

Empire and Information

  • Filename: empire-and-information.
  • ISBN: 0521663601
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 412
  • Author: Christopher Alan Bayly
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Christopher Bayly, already established as one of the most eminent historians of his day, writes a penetrating account of the evolution of British intelligence in India. He describes how Indian spies were recruited to secure political and social information about their subjects, and how the colonial authorities interpreted, and, in some cases, misinterpreted the information supplied. This book will become a classic in the field of Indian and imperian history, and will be read by both scholar and student alike.


  • Filename: nabobs.
  • ISBN: 9780521763530
  • Release Date: 2010-08-12
  • Number of pages: 266
  • Author: Tillman W. Nechtman
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book considers the controversy caused by 'nabobs', and the debate regarding British identity and British imperialism in the late eighteenth century.

The True Flag

  • Filename: the-true-flag.
  • ISBN: 9781627792172
  • Release Date: 2017-01-24
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Stephen Kinzer
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

The bestselling author of Overthrow and The Brothers brings to life the forgotten political debate that set America’s interventionist course in the world for the twentieth century and beyond. How should the United States act in the world? Americans cannot decide. Sometimes we burn with righteous anger, launching foreign wars and deposing governments. Then we retreat—until the cycle begins again. No matter how often we debate this question, none of what we say is original. Every argument is a pale shadow of the first and greatest debate, which erupted more than a century ago. Its themes resurface every time Americans argue whether to intervene in a foreign country. Revealing a piece of forgotten history, Stephen Kinzer transports us to the dawn of the twentieth century, when the United States first found itself with the chance to dominate faraway lands. That prospect thrilled some Americans. It horrified others. Their debate gripped the nation. The country’s best-known political and intellectual leaders took sides. Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and William Randolph Hearst pushed for imperial expansion; Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, and Andrew Carnegie preached restraint. Only once before—in the period when the United States was founded—have so many brilliant Americans so eloquently debated a question so fraught with meaning for all humanity. All Americans, regardless of political perspective, can take inspiration from the titans who faced off in this epic confrontation. Their words are amazingly current. Every argument over America’s role in the world grows from this one. It all starts here.

The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Filename: the-emperor-of-all-maladies.
  • ISBN: 9781439170915
  • Release Date: 2011-08-09
  • Number of pages: 573
  • Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

An assessment of cancer addresses both the courageous battles against the disease and the misperceptions and hubris that have compromised modern understandings, providing coverage of such topics as ancient-world surgeries and the development of present-day treatments. Reprint. Best-selling winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Includes reading-group guide.

The Way of All Flesh

  • Filename: the-way-of-all-flesh.
  • ISBN: 9780486114552
  • Release Date: 2012-05-23
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Samuel Butler
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation

Hailed by George Bernard Shaw as "one of the summits of human achievement," this 1903 novel satirizes the hypocrisy underlying Victorian England's major institutions — family, church, and class structure.

Gender Crime and Empire

  • Filename: gender-crime-and-empire.
  • ISBN: 0719066980
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 286
  • Author: Kristy Reid
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press

Between 1803 and 1853, some 80,000 convicts were transported to Van Diemen's Land. Revising established models of the colonies--which depicted convict women as a peculiarly oppressed group--Gender, Crime, and Empire argues that convict men and women in fact had much in common. Comparing men and women, ideas about masculinity, femininity, sexuality, and the body, this book argues that fuller account of class must take place to understand the relationships between gender and power. The book considers the shifting nature of state policies towards courtship, relationships, and attempts at family formation that became matters of class conflict. It explores the ways gender and family informed liberal and humanitarian critiques of the colonies from the 1830s and 1840s and colonial demands for abolition and self-government.

The Crucible

  • Filename: the-crucible.
  • ISBN: 0142437336
  • Release Date: 2003-01-01
  • Number of pages: 143
  • Author: Arthur Miller
  • Publisher: Penguin

A play revealing the Salem witch trials of the late seventeenth century and the problem of guilt by association.

The Invisible Empire

  • Filename: the-invisible-empire.
  • ISBN: 0813021200
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 260
  • Author: Michael Newton
  • Publisher:

The author looks back on 130 years of Ku Klux Klan history in Florida, examining their nefarious activities and the official collusion that protected and kept them in power.

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