The Resource Taming the imperial imagination : colonial knowledge, international relations, and the Anglo-Afghan encounter, 1808-1878, Martin J. Bayly, London School of Economics and Political Science

Taming the imperial imagination : colonial knowledge, international relations, and the Anglo-Afghan encounter, 1808-1878, Martin J. Bayly, London School of Economics and Political Science

Label
Taming the imperial imagination : colonial knowledge, international relations, and the Anglo-Afghan encounter, 1808-1878
Title
Taming the imperial imagination
Title remainder
colonial knowledge, international relations, and the Anglo-Afghan encounter, 1808-1878
Statement of responsibility
Martin J. Bayly, London School of Economics and Political Science
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Taming the Imperial Imagination marks a novel intervention into the debate on empire and international relations, and offers a new perspective on nineteenth-century Anglo-Afghan relations. Martin J. Bayly shows how, throughout the nineteenth century, the British Empire in India sought to understand and control its peripheries through the use of colonial knowledge. Addressing the fundamental question of what Afghanistan itself meant to the British at the time, he draws on extensive archival research to show how knowledge of Afghanistan was built, refined and warped by an evolving colonial state. This knowledge informed policy choices and cast Afghanistan in a separate legal and normative universe. Beginning with the disorganised exploits of nineteenth-century explorers and ending with the cold strategic logic of the militarised 'scientific frontier', this book tracks the nineteenth-century origins of contemporary policy 'expertise' and the forms of knowledge that inform interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere today. The book develops in three parts, each of which corresponds to a theme. Part one on 'knowledge' examines how British colonial knowledge of Afghanistan was constructed through the experience of early British explorers and their published travel accounts, focusing in particular on the works of Mountstuart Elphinstone, Alexander Burnes, and Charles Masson. Part two on 'policy' looks at how key policy decisions leading to the First Anglo-Afghan War were shaped by the knowledge provided by an Afghanistan 'knowledge community' based on this earlier body of work and the interpretations made by colonial officials. Part three on 'exception' considers the impact of the First Anglo-Afghan War on diplomatic relations, and charts the emergence of a particular 'idea' of Afghanistan mediated by inter-imperial visions of order, and the intellectual and cultural influences of a particular British frontier mentality"--
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Provided by publisher
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1984-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bayly, Martin J.
Dewey number
958.1/03
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS357.6.G7
LC item number
B39 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Afghanistan
  • Great Britain
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Afghanistan
  • Public opinion
  • Imperialism
  • Colonists
  • Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan
  • Afghan Wars
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
Label
Taming the imperial imagination : colonial knowledge, international relations, and the Anglo-Afghan encounter, 1808-1878, Martin J. Bayly, London School of Economics and Political Science
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 308-324) 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
Contents
Part I : Knowledge -- Early European explorers of Afghanistan -- Knowledge entrepreneurs -- Part II : Policy -- 'Information... information': Anglo-Afghan relations in the 1830s -- Contestation and closure: rationalizing the Afghan polity -- Part III : Exception -- The emergence of a violent geography, 1842-1853 -- Overcoming exception, 1853-1857 -- 'Science' and sentiment: the era of frontier management, 1857-1878
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 334 pages
Isbn
9781107118058
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016007879
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)944957785
  • (OCoLC)ocn944957785
Label
Taming the imperial imagination : colonial knowledge, international relations, and the Anglo-Afghan encounter, 1808-1878, Martin J. Bayly, London School of Economics and Political Science
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 308-324) 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
Contents
Part I : Knowledge -- Early European explorers of Afghanistan -- Knowledge entrepreneurs -- Part II : Policy -- 'Information... information': Anglo-Afghan relations in the 1830s -- Contestation and closure: rationalizing the Afghan polity -- Part III : Exception -- The emergence of a violent geography, 1842-1853 -- Overcoming exception, 1853-1857 -- 'Science' and sentiment: the era of frontier management, 1857-1878
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 334 pages
Isbn
9781107118058
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016007879
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)944957785
  • (OCoLC)ocn944957785

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