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Valuing diversity in an empire of many cultures
Diane Robinson-Dunn

about the critical importance of meaning with regard to other types of action see J.G.A. Pocock, Virtue, Commerce and History: Essays on Political Thought and History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985); R. Ashcraft, Revolutionary Politics and Locke’s Two Treatises of Government (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1986), 5–6; and Gordon Wood, “Ideology and the Origins of Liberal America,” The William and Mary Quarterly , Vol. 44, No. 3 (July 1987), 628–40. 11

in An empire of many cultures
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The cultural construction of the British world
Barry Crosbie
Mark Hampton

. Chapters Three , Four and Five examine the place of political thought, including humanitarian ideals, in tying together the cultural British world. Yet, as Philip Harling, Michelle Tusan and Martin Wiener all show in various ways, the role of political thought was not straight-forward. Harling and Tusan show, for example, that any attempt to import British humanitarian ideals, whether free trade and

in The cultural construction of the British world
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Citizens of empire
Wm. Matthew Kennedy

as it led them to become, through federation, an empire of their own. It was anxious, it was uncertain, it was bloody, it was foreign, it was intimate, it was everywhere, it was elusive. But most importantly of all, empire, with all its rights and obligations, was Australia's. Australia's ideal of empire was translated from political thought into law, policy, and culture, both in the Australian colonies and in the imperial capital. In constructing, debating, refining, and reifying this vision of empire, its Australian

in The imperial Commonwealth
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Wm. Matthew Kennedy

categories of human affairs. This book builds on the strengths of each of these literatures. It begins from a simple premise: simply because settler colonists in Australia figured into British visions of empire, the British world, Greater Britain, and other visions of imaginary community that organized British political thought, this was not necessarily a shared vision. As Lorenzo Veracini's well-known formulation goes, ‘settlers are founders of political orders’, and, indeed, settlers in Australia created new and different polities, animated by related

in The imperial Commonwealth
Wm. Matthew Kennedy

counted as one of the ‘new Liberal sect that thinks it has exhausted all political thought’; they believed that the ideas presented amounted to ‘a kind of intellectual intoxication’, and, even at the book's best moments, were merely ‘endurable … [when] removed from the temptation to settle the fates of empires’. 13 The Launceston Examiner satirically titled him ‘Sir Oracle of Colonial Affairs’ and pronounced his tome to be ‘one of the most worthless books that ever was issued from a British press

in The imperial Commonwealth
Arie M. Dubnov

a ‘presentist’ conversation on the ways in which past forms of political thought, language and imagination inhabit our world today. It is time to discard the outdated, cliched image of historians as theory-averse empiricist antiquarians, and develop professional ‘ethics’, as historian Samuel Moyn called it, that provide room ‘for speculation for the sake of relevance’. 10 This is acutely relevant for any historian attempting to understand partition not only as a translational

in The breakup of India and Palestine
Romain Fathi
Margaret Hutchison
Andrekos Varnava
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Michael J. K. Walsh

in the history of political thought between the post-First World War emergence of a form of ‘sovereignist’ Québécois nationalism and the political underpinnings of the Quiet Revolution movement of the 1960s. In the case of Cyprus, Andrekos Varnava highlights that enosis – the union of Cyprus to Greece – could no longer be supported by British imperialists by the end of the Great War, as they wished to maintain British control over the island, reaffirming the ‘great potential value’ narrative which they had slowly but surely moved away from prior to and in the

in Exiting war
The 1947 United Nations Special Committee on Palestine
Laura Robson

, Expulsion of the Palestinians: The Concept of ‘Transfer’ in Zionist Political Thought, 1882–1948 (Washington, DC: Institute for Palestine Studies, 1992). 15 On the revolt of 1936–39, see especially Ted Swedenburg, Memories of Revolt: The 1936–1939 Rebellion and the Palestinian National Past (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1995); Matthew Hughes, ‘From Law and Order to Pacification: Britain's Suppression of the Arab Revolt

in The breakup of India and Palestine
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Bill Schwarz

effect, in other words, the intellectual labour of decolonisation. In outline, with necessary brevity, I’ve described the main contours of Padmore’s political thought from the days of The Negro Worker to the time of the Pan-African Congress in Manchester in October 1945. The Congress marks a turning point in Padmore’s political life. Present were Nkrumah, Kenyatta and Hastings

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
Hilary Sapire

institution that ultimately symbolised the British Empire and presided over its dissolution’ 7 – and the place of republicanism in anti-colonial Indian nationalist political thought. It offers a perspective on these phenomena from the vantage point of a minority, diasporic South Asian population in the Indian Ocean city of Durban in South Africa’s most Anglophone province. 8 It juxtaposes the varying Indian

in The break-up of Greater Britain