Lineages of Contemporary Imperialism

James Tully

in Lineages of Empire

Published by British Academy

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264393
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734571 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Lineages of Contemporary Imperialism

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This chapter aims to provide a historical sketch of select major lineages in contemporary western imperialism. Contemporary western imperialism is the product of the 500 years of complex interactions between European and Euro-American imperial expansion and non-European responses. Contemporary imperialism is often studied under different headings such as neo-colonialism, open-door colonialism, post-colonialism, informal imperialism, empire, and so on. This historical sketch is limited to the aspects of contemporary imperialism collated under the heading of informal imperialism. It begins with a summary of the defining characteristics of contemporary informal imperialism. The succeeding sections describe the major historical lineages of these characteristics. The final section summarizes contemporary imperialism with the aim of a better understanding of its origins and ancestry.

Keywords: historical sketch; lineages; contemporary western imperialism; western imperialism; imperialism; imperial expansion; informal imperialism

Chapter.  11212 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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