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Reordering the WorldEssays on Liberalism and Empire$
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Duncan Bell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691138787

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691138787.001.0001

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Ideologies of Empire

Ideologies of Empire

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(p.91) Chapter 4 Ideologies of Empire
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Reordering the World
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Duncan Bell

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691138787.003.0004

This chapter explores aspects of the modern imperial imaginary and distinguishes three ideal-typical aspects of imperial ideology: justification, governance, and resistance. Ideologies of justification are those patterns of thought that provide reasons, explicit or implicit, for supporting or upholding imperial activity. They seek to legitimate the creation, reproduction, or expansion of empire. Ideologies of governance articulate the modalities of imperial rule in specific contexts. Particular ideologies of justification may be compatible with diverse and conflicting ideologies of governance, while precluding others. Finally, ideologies of resistance deny the legitimacy of imperial control. They too cover a broad spectrum, ranging from moderate positions that reject only some aspects of imperial rule and seek accommodation with the existing order, through to defenses of violent rebellion and the revolutionary transcendence of the system.

Keywords:   empire, imperial imaginary, justification, governance, ideology

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