Through a detailed consideration of Richard White’s Middle Ground, the essay identifies a few important features of imperial history writing over the last thirty years: academic apologies for empire have become commonplace. A conspicuously large number of them are left-liberal in orientation, housed in fields with strong anti-imperialist credentials. They are nominally pro-indigenous, Americanizing, generically comic, and silently theory-laden.
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Research Article| November 01 2020
How to Read the New Histories of Empire
boundary 2 (2020) 47 (4): 101–138.
Christian Thorne; How to Read the New Histories of Empire. boundary 2 1 November 2020; 47 (4): 101–138. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01903659-8677851
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