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The Burdens of Empire: 1539 to the Present

The Burdens of Empire: 1539 to the Present

by Anthony Pagden


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ISBN-13: 9780521188289
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Anthony Pagden is Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Political Science and History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford; Senior Research Fellow of the Warburg Institute, London; Professor of History at the European University Institute, Florence; University Reader in Intellectual History and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge; and the Harry C. Black Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of more than a dozen books, many of which have been translated into a number of European and Asian languages. His most recent publications include Worlds and War: The 2,500-Year Struggle between East and West (2008) and The Enlightenment: And Why It Still Matters (2013). He has also written for the New Republic, the National Interest, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, El Pa�s (Spain), Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy), the London Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Defending empire: the 'school of Salamanca' and the 'affair of the Indies'; 3. 'Making barbarians into gentle peoples': Alberico Gentili on the legitimacy of empire; 4. The peopling of the New World: ethnos, race and empire in the early modern world; 5. Conquest, settlement, purchase and concession: justifying the English occupation of the Americas; 6. Occupying the ocean: Hugo Grotius and Serafim de Freitas on the rights of discovery and occupation; 7. Cambiar su ser: reform to revolution in the political imaginary of the Ibero-American world; 8. From the 'right of nations' to the 'cosmopolitan right': Immanuel Kant's law of continuity and the limits of empire; 9. 'Savage impulse-civilised calculation': conquest, commerce and the Enlightenment critique of empire; 10. Human rights, natural rights and Europe's imperial legacy.

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