Nationalizing Empires by Alexei Miller, Stefan Berger (eds)

By Alexei Miller, Stefan Berger (eds)

The connection among empire and nation-building is ripe for rethinking. This highly
original quantity argues with nice cogency and conviction that, faraway from countries easily growing
out of declining and dissolving empires, those different types of political belonging have been intricately
if complicatedly entwined through the 19th century. Nations—aspirant to boot as
actual—were conceived and cast within the crucible of these nice ethno-cultural formations we
call empires. Imperial conceptions of nationality and new nationalising visions of empire were
symptomatic of an age while approaches of kingdom- and empire-building ricocheted off every one other
in a number of methods. This quantity has very important implications for the historiography of nationalism
and for the hot imperial background. It makes a robust case for bringing those strands of
scholarship into a lot nearer dialog with every one other.
Andrew Thompson, collage of Exeter
The co-editors have assembled a magnificent diversity of students who discover the entangled
histories of empires and nationalisms, together with the emergence of imperial nationalisms and
their legacies within the histories of “post-imperial” realms. It additionally offers an important
and wealthy contribution to transnational history.
Mark von Hagen, Arizona kingdom University
Nationalizing Empires is a vital contribution to the transforming into literature at the European
empires. It jeopardizes the normal process of a primary competition among empires
and nation-building in concentrating on their entanglements and interactions. So, the sixteen
case reports and comparative chapters, written through recognized experts from 9 countries,
shed a clean new gentle at the heritage of the lengthy 19th century.
Andreas Kappeler, Vienna collage

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9 Part of the push was to replace America as a convict destination, the need to find somewhere else to empty their domestic “jakes” (chamber pots) as Benjamin Franklin had charmingly described the North American penal colonies. Even the loss of the American colonies in 1776 did little to halt the inexorable growth of colonial possessions. In 1792 Britain had 26 colonies; in 1815 it emerged from the Napoleonic Wars with 42. The dynamism continued to the mid century. Cape Town and Sri Lanka were retained as strategic bases especially important given the dynamism of the East India Company to produce a territorial empire in the sub-continent.

John Gallagher and Ronald Robinson, the most influential imperial historians of the 1950s and 60s, rejected economic interpretations of empire (which might have linked core and periphery) in favor of an anti-Leninist, strategic interpretation of the partition of Africa, mainly motivated by the defense of India. 17 There was some room for a connection with the domestic economy through the notion of the “imperialism of free trade,” the informal empire alleged to be the preferred British method, with formal empire being something of a last resort.

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