Colonial exchanges

Political theory and the agency of the colonized

Edited by Burke A. Hendrix and Deborah Baumgold

Colonial exchanges


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  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0565-3
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £24.99
  • Published Date: June 2017
  • BIC Category: Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, Society & social sciences / Political science & theory, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Political Theory, Social & political philosophy, Politics & government, Political science & theory, Colonialism & imperialism, PHILOSOPHY / Political, POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism


Recent scholarship in political thought has closely examined the relationship between European political ideas and colonialism, particularly the ways in which canonical thinkers supported or opposed colonial practices. But little attention has been given to the engagement of colonized political and intellectual actors with European ideas. The essays in this volume demonstrate that a full reckoning of colonialism's effects requires attention to the ways in which colonized intellectuals reacted to, adopted, and transformed these ideas, and to the political projects that their reactions helped to shape. Across nine chapters, a mix of political theorists and intellectual historians grapple with specific thinkers and contexts to show in detail the unpredictable, complex and sometimes paradoxical impact of European ideas in an array of colonial settings.


'The astonishing breadth, diversity, scholarly rigor, and intellectual richness of this collection of essays suggests that the future of political theory is in good hands.'
Jeanne Morefield, Professor of Politics, Whitman College and author of Empires without Imperialism: Anglo American Decline and the Politics of Deflection (2014)


Introduction: when ideas travel: political theory, colonialism, and the history of ideas - Burke A. Hendrix and Deborah Baumgold
1 Intellectual flows and counterflows: the strange case of J. S. Mill - Lynn Zastoupil
2 Rethinking resistance: Spencer, Krishnavarma and The Indian Sociologist - Inder S. Marwah
3 The other Mahatma's naive monarchism: Phule, Paine, and the appeal to Queen Victoria - Jimmy Casas Klausen
4 The New World 'sans-culottes': French revolutionary ideology in Saint Domingue - Johnhenry Gonzalez
5 Confronting colonial otherness: the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and the limits of imperial legal universalism - Bonny Ibhawoh
6 The indigenous redemption of liberal universalism - Tim Rowse
7 Troubling appropriations: Pedro Paterno's Filipino deployment of French Lamarckianism - Megan C. Thomas
8 Colonial hesitation, appropriation, and citation: Qasim Amin, empire, and saying 'no' - Murad Idris
9 Marxism and historicism in the thought of Abdullah Laroui - Yasmeen Daifallah


Burke A. Hendrix is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon

Deborah Baumgold is Professor Emerita of Political Science at the University of Oregon

Colonial exchanges

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