Insurgent Empire sets the record straight in demonstrating that these people were much more than victims of imperialism or, subsequently, the passive beneficiaries of an enlightened British conscience—they were insurgents whose legacies ...
Author: Priyamvada Gopal
Publisher: Verso Books
Category: Political Science
How rebellious colonies changed British attitudes to empire Insurgent Empire shows how Britain’s enslaved and colonial subjects were active agents in their own liberation. What is more, they shaped British ideas of freedom and emancipation back in the United Kingdom. Priyamvada Gopal examines a century of dissent on the question of empire and shows how British critics of empire were influenced by rebellions and resistance in the colonies, from the West Indies and East Africa to Egypt and India. In addition, a pivotal role in fomenting resistance was played by anticolonial campaigners based in London, right at the heart of empire. Much has been written on how colonized peoples took up British and European ideas and turned them against empire when making claims to freedom and self-determination. Insurgent Empire sets the record straight in demonstrating that these people were much more than victims of imperialism or, subsequently, the passive beneficiaries of an enlightened British conscience—they were insurgents whose legacies shaped and benefited the nation that once oppressed them.
See also Wilfrid Blunt's grim appraisal, “The Shame of the Nineteenth Century,”
quoted in Gopal, Insurgent Empire, 164, 341, 342. A critical exception is Davis,
Late Victorian Holocausts. On British socialist and anti imperialist thought in this ...
Author: Priya Satia
Publisher: Harvard University Press
An award-winning author reconsiders the role of historians in political debate. For generations, British thinkers told the history of an empire whose story was still very much in the making. While they wrote of conquest, imperial rule in India, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean was consolidated. While they described the development of imperial governance, rebellions were brutally crushed. As they reimagined empire during the two world wars, decolonization was compromised. Priya Satia shows how these historians not only interpreted the major political events of their time but also shaped the future that followed. Satia makes clear that historical imagination played a significant role in the unfolding of empire. History emerged as a mode of ethics in the modern period, endowing historians from John Stuart Mill to Winston Churchill with outsized policymaking power. At key moments in Satia’s telling, we find Britons warding off guilty conscience by recourse to particular notions of history, especially those that spotlighted great men helpless before the will of Providence. Braided with this story is an account of alternative visions articulated by anticolonial thinkers such as William Blake, Mahatma Gandhi, and E. P. Thompson. By the mid-twentieth century, their approaches had reshaped the discipline of history and the ethics that came with it. Time’s Monster demonstrates the dramatic consequences of writing history today as much as in the past. Against the backdrop of enduring global inequalities, debates about reparations, and the crisis in the humanities, Satia’s is an urgent moral voice.
First and last self is humanity's most troublesome possession , the one insurgent empire it has never been able to subdue . The answers are various enough : lose
it , said Gautama , in the peace of Nirvana . Lose it , said the Brahman , in the ...
... on the 1st inst . , to the Insurgent authorities at Nanking , and of their reply ,
together with a copy of the Pass to be used ... be interfered with by the insurgents
, but that all intercourse held with any place in their possession , will be
However , it was sufficient to interfere with his military preparations , and it would
be absolutely necessary to send some troops to the frontier of the insurgent
country , if he did not wish the evil to spread further . He was , therefore , obliged
See also N El-Nany, (B)Ordering Britain: Law, Race and Empire (Manchester,
Manchester University Press, 2020). P Gopal, Insurgent Empire: Anti Colonial
Resistance and British Dissent (London, Verso, 2019) vii–x, 1–32, 406–441 and
Author: Fareda Banda
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This innovative book looks at the topic of migration through the prism of law and literature. The author uses a rich mix of novels, short stories, literary realism, human rights and comparative literature to explore the experiences of African migrants and asylum seekers. The book is divided into two. Part one is conceptual and focuses on art activism and the myriad ways in which people have sought to 'write justice.' Using Mazrui's diasporas of slavery and colonialism, it then considers histories of migration across the centuries before honing in on the recent anti-migration policies of western states. Achiume is used to show how these histories of imposition and exploitation create a bond which bestows on Africans a “status as co-sovereigns of the First World through citizenship.” The many fictional examples of the schemes used to gain entry are set against the formal legal processes. Attention is paid to life post-arrival which for asylum seekers may include periods in detention. The impact of the increased hostility of receiving states is examined in light of their human rights obligations. Consideration is paid to how Africans navigate their post-migration lives which includes reconciling themselves to status fracture-taking on jobs for which they are over-qualified, while simultaneously dealing with the resentment borne of status threat on the part of the citizenry. Part two moves from the general to consider the intersections of gender and status focusing on women, LGBTI individuals and children. Focusing on their human rights and the fictional literature, chapter four looks at women who have been trafficked as well as domestic workers and hotel maids while chapter five is on LGBTI people whose legal and literary stories are only now being told. The final substantive chapter considers the experiences of children who may arrive as unaccompanied minors. Using a mixture of poetry and first person accounts, the chapter examines the post-arrival lives of children, some of whom may be citizens but who are continually made to feel like outsiders. The conclusion follows, starting with two stories about walls by Hadero and Lanchester which are used to illustrate the themes discussed in the book. Few African lawyers write about literature and few books and articles in Western law and literature look at books by or about Africans, so a book that engages with both is long overdue. This book provides fascinating reading for academics, students of law, literature, gender and migration studies, and indeed the general public.
Hussein Avni Pasha , a man of determination and energy , who had taken a main
part in the enforced abdication of Abdul Aziz , and was strongly opposed to the
Christian insurgents , stood at the head of the war or fanatical party , and was ...
There was no collision ; the bourgeoisie were prudent ; the insurgents too
terrified to distinguish friend from foe . But at the gates of the civic palace Adrien's
party halted , overpowered for the moment by the stream issuing from the
Band after band of insurgents passed the Papal frontiers and urged the
population to revolt . ... At this unlucky juncture Garibaldi reappeared , having
secretly escaped from Caprera and rejoined the insurgent forces , and with his
Author: Henry Tyrrell (teacher of elocution.)Publish On: 1879
an openty authoriti between the rest of the concealed in the house of a Christian
with the insurgents , who fixed a day to named Alexi Vartellas , and sent the
mudirmeet them . At the time appointed , howto arrest them . But the mudir and
WO putting down an insurgent landholder who had CHAP . III . taken shelter in
the fort of Beitah . Two days A . D . 1850 . later the attack on his stronghold began
. Emboldened by the small amount of damage done by two or three guns to their
The military chiefs were well aware that this dissolution of discipline on the
frontier would bring the Germans immediately across it , and the civil war which
must ensue between the faithful allies of Rome and her own insurgent children
... the ficient guard . empire ; and that the independence of Ilolland , of But
however this was , the insurgent provinces Switzerland , and of the Italian states ,
should be found themselves on a sudden surrounded by a forformally guarantied
THE INSURGENT MOLON . 227 eastward . Here we find how deeply the
Seleucid house had impressed the legitimacy of its power upon the eastern
populations . Molon had easily defeated Antiochus ' s generals ; he seemed on
the point of ...
Meanwhile Salvius , after raising the siege of Murgantia , remained master of the
open country . The Romans and wealthy Sicilians crowded into the towns for
safety . The Slaves employed in the fields furnished the bulk of the insurgent
These , however , re - CHAP . mained motionless throughout the morning , and
by de - - grees the insurgents ventured forth , the street orators• café conspirators
in black broadcloth and yellow gloves , ' as General Magnan called them _ ...
rumours of their comrades , and therefore joined the movement eagerly , while
the armed forces quartered in the city made common cause with the insurgents ,
thrusting aside the officers who tried to hold them in . Rumours passed rapidly ...
Author: Henry Tyrrell (teacher of elocution.)Publish On: 1859
The threatening Prince Troubetzkoi had abandoned his mouths of the guns were
pointed directly post and fled , even leaving his papers un - against the insurgent
square , who were destroyed . Ryleif was there ; but he was a again summoned ...
The message of Mayor Wood and the bold resolution of the Legislature alarmed
a certain class of people , who were ready to make every concession to the insurgents consistent with honor and patriotism . A memorial in favor of
Including a Survey of the Greek Empire and the Crusades Samuel Jacob.
Suleiman II . , on his accession , had to encounter all the difficulSuleiman II . ties
which usually beset a sovereign raised to the throne A. D. 1691. by an insurgent