Historical and Literary Investigations, 1500–1900

  • Editors
  • Balachandra Rajan
  • Elizabeth Sauer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction Imperialisms: Early Modern to Premodernist

    1. Balachandra Rajan, Elizabeth Sauer
      Pages 1-11
  3. Early Modern European Imperialisms: Literary Representations

  4. Early Modern Europeans on India

  5. Early Imperialisms: East and West

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Daniel Goffman, Christopher Stroop
      Pages 129-145
    3. Balachandra Rajan
      Pages 177-184
  6. English and French Imperialisms: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Linda Hutcheon, Michael Hutcheon
      Pages 203-216
  7. German Imperial Philosophies and Practices

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 273-294

About this book


Filling a major gap in historical, literary, and post-colonial scholarship, Imperialisms examines the identity statements of the world's major imperialisms in multiple theatres of competition over the course of four centuries. Filling a major gap in historical, literary, and post-colonial scholarship, Imperialisms examines early identity statements and nuances of dominance of the world's major imperialisms in various theatres of competition. Developed in collaboration with leading scholars in the field, this book balances historical essays and case studies, and encourages investigations of conversant and competing imperialisms, their practices, and rhetoric of self-justification. Europe (west and east), India, the New World, Africa, and the Far East are among the sites of imperialism featured here, which are analyzed in relation to intersecting debates on politics, religion, literature, nationalism, commerce, conversion, and race. Valuable for preliminary or advanced studies, Imperialisms provides multiple points of entry into and guidelines for a conversation both current and vigorous.


colonialism empire England Europe fiction history imperialism Narrative rhetoric

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