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Race and British colonialism in South-East Asia, 1770-1870 : John Crawfurd and the politics of equality / Gareth Knapman.

Author:
Knapman, Gareth [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
  • ©2017
Description:
x, 277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series:
Empires in perspective. [More in this series]
Summary note:
"The idea of "race" played an increasing role in nineteenth-century British colonial thought. For most of the nineteenth century, John Crawfurd towered over British colonial policy in South-East Asia, being not only a colonial administrator, journalist and professional lobbyist, but also one of the key racial theorists in the British Empire. He approached colonialism as a radical liberal, proposing universal voting for all races in British colonies and believing all races should have equal legal rights. Yet at the same time, he also believed that races represented distinct species of people, who were unrelated. This book charts the development of Crawfurd's ideas, from the brief but dramatic period of British rule in Java, to his political campaigns against James Brooke and British rule in Borneo. Central to Crawfurd's political battles were the debates he had with his contemporaries, such as Stamford Raffles and William Marsden, over the importance of race and his broader challenge to universal ideas of history, which questioned the racial unity of humanity. The book taps into little explored manuscripts, newspapers and writings to uncover the complexity of a leading nineteenth-century political and racial thinker whose actions and ideas provide a new view of British liberal, colonial and racial thought"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-271) and index.
Contents:
The East India Company's Scottish critic of empire in Asia -- Land, history and the source of civilisation -- Searching for the aboriginal pre-history of the savage -- Race and the natural history of the savage -- Singapore and competing visions of colonialism -- Protecting and civilising savages in Sarawak -- Resisting colonialism in Sarawak -- Civilisation, the savage and equality.
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
History.
ISBN:
  • 9781138211766 ((hbk))
  • 1138211761 ((hbk))
  • ((ebk))
LCCN:
2016030681
OCLC:
952943100
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