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Arguing about empire imperial rhetoric in Britain and by Martin Thomas, Richard Toye

By Martin Thomas, Richard Toye

Arguing approximately Empire' analyses the main divisive arguments approximately empire among Europe's best colonial powers from the age of excessive imperialism to the post-war period of decolonization. concentrating on the family contexts underlying imperial rhetoric, Arguing approximately Empire adopts a case-study method, treating key imperial debates as ancient episodes to be investigated intensive. The episodes in query have Read more...

summary: Arguing approximately Empire' analyses the main divisive arguments approximately empire among Europe's major colonial powers from the age of excessive imperialism to the post-war period of decolonization. concentrating on the household contexts underlying imperial rhetoric, Arguing approximately Empire adopts a case-study procedure, treating key imperial debates as old episodes to be investigated intensive. The episodes in query were chosen either for his or her chronological diversity, their kind, and, mainly, their vitriol. a few have been simple disputes; others concerned cooperation in stressful circumstances.00

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11 C. M. Andrew and A. S. Kanya-Forstner, ‘The French “Colonial Party”: Its Composition, Aims and Influence, 1885–1914’, Historical Journal, 14:1 (1971), 99–128. 12 C. M. Andrew, ‘The French Colonialist Movement during the Third Republic: The Unofficial Mind of Imperialism’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, Fifth Series, 26 (1976), 143. 22 Arguing about Empire So it was that the lack of central government direction in colonial affairs left the way open for an ‘unofficial mind’ of French imperialism to take shape.

Gambetta on Saturday, 23 April 1881’. 45 TNA, FO 27/2492, no. 34, Paris Military Attaché letter to Lord Lyons, 29 April 1881. 46 Journal Officiel, débats parlementaires. Chambre des Députés, 13 May 1881, p. 882. 47 Ibid. 48 Journal Officiel, débats parlementaires. Chambre des Députés, 24 May 1881, p. 980. 49 Journal Officiel, débats parlementaires. Chambre des Députés, government declaration of 14 May 1881, p. 887. 44 28 Arguing about Empire military intervention to an increasingly disbelieving British government.

18 Would France adjust to living with defeat and protracted recession? 19 The rhetoric deployed during the takeover of Tunisia offers answers. French designs on Tunisia crystallized in early 1881 thanks in large part to four external—and essentially negative—stimuli. First was the mounting concern among politicians, officials, and missionary leaders about the rapid growth of Italian settlement and commensurate commercial influence in and around Tunis. 20 Continued delay was expected to mean that not only Italian, but also German and, more especially, Ottoman Turkish objections to French incursion would become harder to ignore.

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