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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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Alter Orbis

Alter Orbis

E. A. Freeman on Empire and Racial Destiny

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(p.321) Chapter 13 Alter Orbis
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Reordering the World
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Duncan Bell

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691138787.003.0013

This chapter focuses on the thought of historian E. A. Freeman. It starts by dissecting some of Freeman's arguments about time, space, and politics. It then analyzes his views on racial kinship and empire, focusing initially on his critique of the idea of imperial federation, one of the most prominent political debates of the 1880s and 1890s, before moving to his alternative conceptualization of global order. Freeman argued that dismantling the British settler empire was both a matter of justice and a precondition for establishing the proper sense of racial “brotherhood” necessary to realize the higher purpose of the English-speaking peoples. The manifest destiny of the race was thus premised on recognition of the deep unity of Britain and the United States.

Keywords:   E. A. Freeman, historians, political thought, racial kinship, empire, imperial federation, global order

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