Critics of Empire: Context (HIH3183)
Modern imperial projects were not without their critics. Critics of empire—be they anti-colonialists, anti-imperialists, pacifists, cosmopolitans, feminists, or nationalists—sought to identify, understand, and eradicate the root causes of imperialism. Empire’s critics sought to understand and undermine imperialism across the nineteenth and twentieth century, a time when the changing nature of the global political economy played a particularly important role in the shaping of imperialism and its critics. This module therefore introduces students to the complex relationship between modern critiques of imperialism and the history of global capitalism, focusing particularly upon the British and American Empires.