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Reordering the World: Essays on Liberalism and Empire

Duncan Bell


This book is a penetrating account of the complexity and contradictions found in liberal visions of empire. Focusing mainly on nineteenth-century Britain—at the time the largest empire in history and a key incubator of liberal political thought—the book sheds new light on some of the most important themes in modern imperial ideology. The book ranges widely across Victorian intellectual life and beyond. The opening chapters explore the nature of liberalism, varieties of imperial ideology, the uses and abuses of ancient history, the imaginative functions of the monarchy, and fantasies of Anglo-S ... More

Keywords: nineteenth-century Britain, liberal political thought, imperial ideology, liberalism, monarchy, settler colonialism, political theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691138787
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691138787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Duncan Bell, author
University of Cambridge