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Insurgent empire : anticolonial resistance and British dissent

Author: Priyamvada Gopal
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Insurgent Empire shows how Britain's enslaved and colonial subjects were active agents in their own liberation. Not only that, they shaped British ideas of freedom and emancipation back in the United Kingdom. Priyamvada Gopal examines dissenting politics in Britain and shows that it was influenced by rebellions and resistance among the colonies in the West Indies, East Africa, Egypt, and India. In addition, a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Priyamvada Gopal
ISBN: 9781784784126 1784784125
OCLC Number: 1090698114
Description: xiii, 607 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Enemies of empire --
The spirit of the Sepoy host: the 1857 uprising in India and early British critics of empire --
A barbaric independence: rebel voice and transnational solidarity, Morant Bay, 1865 --
The accidental anticolonialist: Egypt's 'Urabi' rebellion and late Victorian critiques of imperialism --
Passages to internationalism: the 'new spirit' in India and Edwardian travellers --
The interpreter of insurgencies: Shapurji Saklatvala and Democratic voice in Britain and India --
The revolt of the oppressed world: British internationalism from Meerut to the League Against Imperialism --
Black voices matter: race, resistance and reverse pedagogy in the metropole --
Internationalizing African opinion: race, writing and resistance --
Smash our own imperialism: George Padmore, the new leader and 'colonial fascism' --
A terrible assertion of discontent: 'Mau Mau' and the end of paternalism --
Epilogue: That wondrous horse of freedom.
Responsibility: Priyamvada Gopal.

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"Insurgent Empire shows how Britain's enslaved and colonial subjects were active agents in their own liberation. Not only that, they shaped British ideas of freedom and emancipation back in the United Kingdom. Priyamvada Gopal examines dissenting politics in Britain and shows that it was influenced by rebellions and resistance among the colonies in the West Indies, East Africa, 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 Western conscience - they were insurgents whose legacy today benefits the culture of the nation that once oppressed them"--

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