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Tensions of Empire: Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World

Frederick Cooper and Ann Laura Stoler


Starting with the premise that Europe was made by its imperial projects as much as colonial encounters were shaped by events and conflicts in Europe, this book investigates metropolitan–colonial relationships from a new perspective. The fifteen chapters demonstrate various ways in which “civilizing missions” in both metropolis and colony provided new sites for clarifying a bourgeois order. Focusing on the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries, they show how new definitions of modernity and welfare were developed, and how new discourses and practices of inclusion and exclusion w ... More

Keywords: Europe, metropolitan–colonial relationships, bourgeois order, modernity, welfare, colonial studies, colonized, colonizer

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Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780520205406
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520205406.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick Cooper, editor

Ann Laura Stoler, editor

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