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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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Republican Imperialism

Republican Imperialism

J. A. Froude and the Virtue of Empire

(p.297) Chapter 12 Republican Imperialism
Reordering the World

Duncan Bell

Princeton University Press

This chapter first utilizes John Stuart Mill's writings to sketch the basic features of the “liberal civilizational” position. It outlines, in broad terms, the republican alternative. The complex relationship between empire and liberty has been a prominent theme in European political thought for over two millennia. For many writers, the two were intimately linked: liberty at home was compatible with (or even required) empire abroad—although empire itself, if understood and enacted improperly, could pose a threat to that very liberty. Such concerns also permeated Victorian public debate. The remainder of the chapter interprets the political thought of the eminent Victorian historian and public moralist J. A. Froude (1818–94) in republican terms.

Keywords:   John Stuart Mill, liberal civilizational model, empire, liberty, political thought, J. A. Froude, republicanism

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