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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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Imagined Spaces

Imagined Spaces

Nation, State, and Territory in the British Colonial Empire, 1860–1914

(p.166) Chapter 7 Imagined Spaces
Reordering the World

Duncan Bell

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores how fin de siècle imperialist intellectuals challenged some of the existing spatial categories used to map world politics, and in particular how they sought to erode the distinction between the “domestic” and the “foreign.” It focuses on two related issues: the imagined globalization of domestic politics and the emergence of ideas about a nascent planetary public. In the minds of many imperialists, the boundaries between the domestic and the foreign were fluid and changeable, and they developed an account of the “domestic”—or Innenpolitik—as a space that stretched across the face of the earth, encompassing the vast settler colonies. This was often characterized in terms of a global British nation-state—a political-cultural whole, bound by a strong sense of identity and belonging—and it implied a novel conception of a “translocal” public sphere.

Keywords:   imperialism, world politics, globalization, domestic politics, imperialists, translocalism

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