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Victorian Visions of Global Order : Empire and International Relations in Nineteenth-Century Political Thought - Duncan Bell

Victorian Visions of Global Order

Empire and International Relations in Nineteenth-Century Political Thought

By: Duncan Bell (Editor)


Published: 26th January 2012
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This wide-ranging and original 2007 study provides an insight into the climate of political thought during the lifespan of what was, at this time, the most powerful empire in history. A distinguished group of contributors explores the way in which thinkers in Britain theorised influential views about empire and international relations, exploring topics such as the evolution of international law; the ways in which the world was notionally divided into the 'civilised' and the 'barbarian'; the role of India in shaping visions of civil society; grandiose ideas about a global imperial state; the development of an array of radical critiques of empire; the varieties of liberal imperialism; and the rise and fall of free trade. Together, the chapters form an analysis of political thought in this context; both of the famous (Bentham, Mill, Marx, and Hobson) and of those who, whilst influential at the time, are all but forgotten today.

'... excellent ... the standard ... is very high.... Ultimately the richness and success of any collection of this kind can be measured by the quality of the actual contributions and by the number of areas that emerge for further research and analysis. On both measures this volume scores highly and should be widely read.' Andrew Hurrell, Perspectives on Politics
'... outstanding collection ... invaluable to students and scholars... Such an astute account of the Victorian visions of global order will be invaluable to students and scholars of the theory and history of international relations.' Emilian R. Kavalski, Canadian Journal of History

Free trade and global order: the rise and fall of a Victorian vision
The foundations of Victorian international law
Boundaries of Victorian international law
'A legislating empire': Victorian political theorists, codes of law, and empire Sandra
The crisis of liberal imperialism
'Great' versus 'small' nations: scale and national greatness in Victorian political thought
The Victorian idea of a global state
Radicalism and the extra-European-world: the case of Marx Gareth
Radicalism, Gladstone, and the liberal critique of Disraelian 'imperialism'
The 'left' and the critique of empire c. 1865-1900: three roots of humanitarian foreign policy
Consequentialist cosmopolitanism
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ISBN: 9780521153157
ISBN-10: 0521153158
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 26th January 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.46