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Lineages of Empire: The Historical Roots of British Imperial Thought

Duncan Kelly


Recently there has been an explosion of academic and popular interest in the history of how Britons have thought about their Empire. This book focuses on the ways in which the intellectual history and political thought of modern Britain have been saturated with imperial concerns. The chapters address thematic questions about size and scale, race, colonial emigration, and the ideological uses of the classical tradition, questions that are crucial for understanding the historical roots of British imperial thought. There are also studies of figures central to understanding the character of intell ... More

Keywords: British Empire, intellectual history, political thought, modern Britain, race, colonial emigration, classical tradition, Edmund Burke, James Steuart

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264393
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264393.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Duncan Kelly, editor
Lecturer in Political Theory, Department of Politics, University of Cambridge