Edge of Empire Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850

ISBN-10: 1400075467

ISBN-13: 9781400075461

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Authors: Maya Jasanoff

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A Palladian mansion filled with Western art in the center of old Calcutta, the Mughal emperor’s letters in an archive in the French Alps, the names of Italian adventurers scratched into the walls of Egyptian temples. In this imaginative book, Maya Jasanoff delves into the stories behind vestiges such as these to uncover the lives of people, collectors in India and Egypt, who lived on the frontiers of the British Empire during a pivotal century of its formation. From household names like Clive of India and Napoleon Bonaparte to little-known figures such as the circus strongman Giambattista Belzoni or the Swiss mercenary Antoine Polier, Edge of Empire traces the exploits of collectors to tell an intimate history of imperialism. Jasanoff delves beneath the grand narratives of power, exploitation, and resistance to look at the British Empire through the eyes of the people caught up in it. What does empire look like from the inside out? Written and researched on four continents, Edge of Empire makes an original and significant contribution to international history. Jasanoff offers a fresh account of European imperialism that challenges received wisdom about how imperial power was asserted in Asia and the Middle East. She shows us that Britain’s expansion involved more than the mere imposition of an “imperial project” over foreign subjects, and that the stereotypical “white man’s burden” ideology emerged only after long years of cross-cultural encounters. Edge of Empire enters a world where people lived, loved, mingled, and identified with one another in ways richer and more complex than previous accounts have led us to believe were possible. And as this book demonstrates, traces of that world remain tangible–and topical–today. An innovative, persuasive, and provocative work of history. From the Hardcover edition.
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List price: $18.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/12/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 420
Size: 5.72" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Maya Jasanoff is Professor of British and Imperial history at Harvard University. Her first book, Edge of Empire, was awarded the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize and was a book of the year selection in numerous publications including the Economist, the Guardian and the Sunday Times.

Introduction: A World of Empires, an Empire of the World
India, 1750–1799
War of the World
Trade to Conquest
Clive of India, Clive of Britain
Empire Unmasked
Beyond the Frontier
Chameleon Capital
Going Un-Native
Staying On
Imperial Collision, 1798–1801
Invading Egypt
A New War, a New Empire
Westward Bound
Empire by Design
Abdallah Bonaparte
Seizing Seringapatam
Citizen Tipu
L’Alliance Fran�aise
A Dangerous Liaison
The Fall, and After
The Objects of Victory
A Tropical Grand Tour
From Kaveri to Nile
Egypt, 1801–1840
Expansion Under Cover
War and Piece
Personal and Political
An Amateur Abroad
The Partisans
The Patriot
A Clash of Reinventions
Gentlemen and Capitalists
The Two Egypts
France Redux
Preservers and Destroyers
Collecting Back
Conclusion: Collecting an Empire
Note on Sources
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