New Ideology of Imperialism

New Ideology of Imperialism : Renewing the Moral Imperative

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During the nineteenth-century vast areas of the underdeveloped world were invaded and colonised under the justification of Anti Slavery and the Civilising Mission. In this powerful analysis, Furedi demonstrates how, in the late twentieth century, the major nations of the West are again intervening in the Third World - this time legitimising their actions on new moral grounds.

Furedi's multidisciplinary study examines the language, nature and origins of the new moral justification for such massive intervention. Furedi argues that, in the wake of the collapse of Soviet communism, the West now presents the Third World as the major threat to international stability, offering Western democracy and financial systems as the solution, thus providing a 'new moral imperative' for rebuilding a viable imperialist ideology.

Furedi examines this new anti-Third World view and concludes that we are experiencing the rehabilitation of the imperialist ideas that are depriving post colonial societies of their own moral authority.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 12.7mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745308457
  • 9780745308456

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Table of contents

1. Introduction

2. A Presentiment of Danger

3. The Social Construction of the Third World

4. From Containment to Accomodation: The Anglo-American Management of African Nationalism

5. On the Defensive

6. The Moral Rehabilitation of Imperialism

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Review quote

'A refreshing counterpoint to silly Western nostrums that various malefactors in the Third World constitute the new enemy' -- Foreign Affairs 'A powerful critique of Western notions of moral superiority and the closely linked perception that the Third World constitutes a major threat to the West ... eloquent and passionate' -- The Ecologist
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About Frank Furedi

Frank Furedi is Reader in Sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He has written widely on history, sociology and politics and is the author of The Silent War: Imperialism and the Changing Perception of Race, The New Ideology of Imperialism: Renewing the Moral Imperative and Mythical Past and Elusive Future: History and Society in an Anxious Age, all published by Pluto Press.
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