Empire and Emancipation

Empire and Emancipation : Power and Liberation on a World Scale

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"History, philosophy, a whole sweep of ideas, come together in Empire and Emancipation in an analysis that both illuminates and provokes" A Sivanandan Marxist perspectives equate imperialism with capitalism. Preoccupation with the economics of empire over the last century has obscured the politics of empire. While there are many regional or period studies on the subject of emanicipation, they lack the wide-angled approach necessary for a global understanding of the forces at work. In Empire and Emancipation Jan Nederveen Pieterse breaks with traditional approaches to imperialism to present a more balanced view of history, one that examines the logic of liberation as well as the logic of imperialism. As the author points out in his interoduction, 'We appear to know more and to think more about domination than about liberation. Does this indicate that in our general perception history is chiefly made from above?' He identifies several continuities and discontinuities of imperial history: between European and non-European dimensions of empire, between aristocratic and capitalist modes, between 'race' within Europe, and beyond, between the British Empire and United States' hegemony. Nederveen Pietersee examines class struggles in the Western world, the Irish struggle, the struggles of American Indians, and of the African diaspora, to bring together in one historical perspective the experiences and projects of the world's most powerful and most powerless. Empire and Emanicipation is the first theoretically developed study of both domination and liberation as the shaping forces of world history.show more

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  • Paperback | 420 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 34mm | 521.63g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0745303609
  • 9780745303604

About Jan Nederveen Pieterse

Jan Nederveen Pieterse studied cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. He did fieldwork in Tunisia, Ghana, Liberia, and Suriname. He has lectured in Europe, Africa and the United States and has been published papers on social science and international affairsshow more

Table of contents

Part I: Theoretical Overtures 1. Leviathan or mammon? The scope of imperialism theories 2. Limits of world system theory 3. Enlightenment and emancipation 4. Counterpoint and emancipation Part II: Historical Inquiries 5. Crusades and empire 6. Divide-and-rule made in Britain 7. Politics of neo-colonisation in Latin America 8. Class struggles in the Western world 9. Empire and class struggle 10. Empire and power 11. Empire and race 12. Continuities of empire 13. Red roads 14. Slavery and emancipation Epilogue Selected Bibliography Name Index Subject Indexshow more

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"History, philosophy, a whole sweep of ideas, come together in Empire and Emancipation in an analysis that both illuminates and provokes" A Sivanandanshow more

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