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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.

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A dramatic history of the formative years of the British Empire captures the events of the time through the lives of individuals who played a key role in the era and the objects they chose as memorials to their experiences, including a Palladian mansion filled with Western artifacts in Calcutta, a French archive of letters by a Mughal emperior, and other unique objects. 30,000 first printing.

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A 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 book, Jasanoff delves into the stories behind vestiges such as these to uncover the lives of people who lived on the frontiers of the British Empire during a pivotal century of its formation. She traces the exploits of collectors to tell an intimate history of imperialism, offering a fresh account of European imperialism that challenges received wisdom about how imperial power was asserted in Asia and the Middle East. This book enters a world where people lived, loved, mingled, and identified with one another in ways richer and more complex than we might have believed possible.--From publisher description.

About the Author

Maya Jasanoff was educated at Harvard, Cambridge, and Yale and is currently assistant professor of British history at the University of Virginia. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

Introduction: a world of empires, an empire of the world — Conquests: War of the world ; Trade to conquest ; Clive of India, clive of Britain ; Empire unmasked — Crossings: Beyond the frontier ; Chameleon capital ; Orientalists? ; Connoisseurs? — Compromises: Going un-native ; Settling ; Staying on ; Legacies — Invading Egypt: A new war, a new empire ; Westward bound ; Empire by design ; Abdallah Bonaparte — Seizing Seringapatam: Citizen Tipu ; L'Alliance Franaise ; A dangerous liaison ; The fall, and after — The objects of victory: Trophies ; A tropical grand tour ; From Kaveri to Nile — Rivals: Expansion under cover ; War and piece ; Personal and political ; An amateur abroad — Removals: The partisans ; The patriot ; A clash of reinventions ; Gentlemen and capitalists — Recoveries: The two Egypts ; France redux ; Preservers and destroyers ; Collecting back — Conclusion: collecting an empire.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307425713
Subtitle:
Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850
Publisher:
Knopf
Author:
Jasanoff, Maya
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
History : Renaissance
Subject:
History : Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
History
Subject:
World - Colonial Studies
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2005
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
404

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"Synopsis" by , A dramatic history of the formative years of the British Empire captures the events of the time through the lives of individuals who played a key role in the era and the objects they chose as memorials to their experiences, including a Palladian mansion filled with Western artifacts in Calcutta, a French archive of letters by a Mughal emperior, and other unique objects. 30,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , A 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 book, Jasanoff delves into the stories behind vestiges such as these to uncover the lives of people who lived on the frontiers of the British Empire during a pivotal century of its formation. She traces the exploits of collectors to tell an intimate history of imperialism, offering a fresh account of European imperialism that challenges received wisdom about how imperial power was asserted in Asia and the Middle East. This book enters a world where people lived, loved, mingled, and identified with one another in ways richer and more complex than we might have believed possible.--From publisher description.
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