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The Resource Absent-minded imperialism : Britain and the expansion of empire in nineteenth-century Brazil, Peter Rivière

Absent-minded imperialism : Britain and the expansion of empire in nineteenth-century Brazil, Peter Rivière

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Absent-minded imperialism : Britain and the expansion of empire in nineteenth-century Brazil
Title
Absent-minded imperialism
Title remainder
Britain and the expansion of empire in nineteenth-century Brazil
Statement of responsibility
Peter Rivière
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book looks at the mainsprings of imperial expansion and illustrates the grain of truth in J.R. Seeley's famous phrase in The Expansion of England: 'We seem to have conquered and peopled half the world in a fit of absence of mind.' Peter Riviere gives a vivid account of how the British Empire at the zenith of its power was dragged reluctantly, and with little thought and no clear policy, into a minor border dispute with Brazil which was solved only after sending a boundary commission and an expeditionary force. Centred on the Indian village of Pirara on the border between northern Brazil and British Guiana, in a remote territory in the interior, the story of the Anglo-Brazilian border dispute reveals much about the varied and conflicting motivations of imperial expansion. Zealous Protestant and Catholic mission activity, attempts to end slavery, and the overwhelming motivation to establish links and to define and control imperial boundaries were key aspects of the dispute. This is a beautifully written and vivid anthropological and historical narrative, with acute analysis of imperial expansion, based upon extensive fieldwork and Foreign Office, Colonial Office and missionary society records
Cataloging source
DLC
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Rivière, Peter
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • British
  • Guyana
  • Pirara (Guyana)
  • Brazil
  • Brazil
  • Great Britain
Label
Absent-minded imperialism : Britain and the expansion of empire in nineteenth-century Brazil, Peter Rivière
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-187) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
32455757
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 194 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781850439134
Lccn
94061500
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations, map
System control number
(WaOLN)1714164
Label
Absent-minded imperialism : Britain and the expansion of empire in nineteenth-century Brazil, Peter Rivière
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-187) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
32455757
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 194 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781850439134
Lccn
94061500
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations, map
System control number
(WaOLN)1714164

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