Imperial Expectations and Realities

Imperial Expectations and Realities El Dorados, Utopias and Dystopias - Studies in Imperialism

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Synopsis

This volume explores how imperial powers established and expanded their empires through decisions that were often based on exaggerated expectations and wishful thinking, rather than on reasoned and scientific policies. It explores these exaggerations through the concepts of El Dorado, utopias and dystopias - undertakings based on irrational perceived values - in case studies from across the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, and incorporates imperial traditions including Scottish, British, French, German, Italian and American. Various colonial spaces are considered, from the Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas, and in doing so, the contributors offer new insights into the nature of imperialism and colonial settlement.

Book information

ISBN: 9780719097867
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 325.3209
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xv, 273
Weight: 598g
Height: 243mm
Width: 163mm
Spine width: 29mm