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Our project in this article will be to explore some of the issues that are of crucial importance for anyone trying to come to grips with the logic of the fictions which provided the ideological backbone of British imperialism. If one agrees with Hobsbawm and Said that "the Age of Empire cries out for demystification" (Hobsbawm, The Age of Empire 5) and that "fictions have their own logic and their own dialectic of growth or decline" (Said, Orientalism 62), one is faced with the question of how such a revisionist project of exploring and demystifying the fictions of British imperialism is to be undertaken.
No longer concerned with reforming native social institutions, the new guiding principle of British imperialism was, until well into the twentieth century, to preserve native institutions by ruling through them.
At the beginning of that decade the ideology of British imperialism or the colonial-settler mentality of Canada's ruling class and its most powerful ethnic group was still in place.
There have been many interpretations of Wells' work over the last 100 years; some see it as a statement about late-19th century British imperialism, others an exploration of Darwin's theory of natural selection.
AS it was the BalfourDeclaration in 1917 which has prompted the present plight of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip isn't it now time for the Scots to atone for this act of British imperialism by a fellow countryman by solving the problem at a stroke?
AS it was the Balfour Declaration in 1917 which has prompted the present plight of the Palestinians in Gaza, isn't it now time for Scotland to atone for this act of British imperialism by a fellow countryman by solving the problem at a stroke?
In justifying his stance Eamon de Valera, the Taoiseach, reprised Irish resentment of British imperialism, 'we know what invasion and partition mean' and asserted that 'it is only natural that our people, whatever sympathies they might have in a conflict like the present, should look to their own country first and should ...
has come in and taken its place." British imperialism is a glorified example, Britain having ruled Palestine, Zimbabwe, the Indian subcontinent and Iraq, to name a few.
It is, perhaps, the success of this argument which raises a final question: if the islands presented an unusual situation for the British, how thoroughly can conclusions about that experience be applied to other, more well-known, aspects of British imperialism?
British imperialism variously and radically undermined the capacity of Asian states to protect their populations from famine, as they had in previous centuries.
Given that this is another area which, after the end of the Ottoman Empire in 1924, old British imperialism tried to "reshape", leaving behind a divided Iraq and the greenlight for the creation of Israel in 1948, there were more old than new features in the "pre-emptive" war for regime change in Iraq.
"The men, women and children done to death there," wrote Tagore, "meet their fate by a decree from the stratosphere of British imperialism -- which finds it easy to shower death because of its distance from its individual victims."
'We recognise that after British imperialism ended, American imperialism is coming to take its place.'
Both books successfully represent the factional nature of British imperialism and, more specifically, the British missionary movement.
The author places the process of decolonisation in its wider context, tracing the 20th-century domestic and international conditions that hastened decolonisation and, through a close analysis of not only the policy choices but the language of British imperialism, throws new light on the British way of managing both the expansion and contraction of empire.
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