V.G. Kiernan is recognized as one of the most remarkable historians of the twentieth century. Eric Hobsbawm says of Kiernan that his knowledge is "encyclopedic" and Edward Said refers to his writings on imperialism as "milestones." In b /b b i Imperialism and Its /i /b b /b b i Contradictions /i /b, Kiernan critically addresses the origins, consequences and legacies of modern imperialism and colonialism, discussing the imperial experience in its totality. br br Sensitive to the tragic and ironic character of human history, Kiernan considers and reflects upon the political, economic and cultural dimensions of the imperial experience and how it has shaped the lives and social orders of Europeans and non-Europeans alike. br br Issues treated in b /b b i Imperialism and Its Contradictions /i /b include the question of the relationship between the rise of capitalism and the making of Europe's overseas empires; the creation of colonial armies and their political uses; the dialectic of imperialism and revolution; the impact of imperialism on European culture; and the social and cultural problems confronting a post-imperial and multicultural Britain. The book also includes Kiernan's discussion of the work of Antonio Gramsci and its implications for the study of imperialism. _
"[Dr. Kiernan's] remarks on the general nature of imperialism accordingly must command considerable authority . . . makes a strong case that studies of imperialism are still much in order and are not rendered obsolete by the end of the cold war . . . "Imperialism will convince you that imperial attitudes are still alive."
-"Digest of Middle East Studies
"These essays bring new insights into familiar storiesl."
-"The International Journal of African Historical Studies