The Lords of human kind : European attitudes to other cultures in the imperial age / Victor Kiernan with a foreword by John Trumpbour ; tribute to Victor Kiernan by Eric Hobsbawm.

Kiernan, Victor [Browse]
1st ed.
  • London, England : Zed Books, 2015.
  • [London, England] : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021
1 online resource (394 pages).


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Annotation When European explorers went out into the world to open up trade routes and establish colonies they brought back much more than silks and spices, cotton and tea. Inevitably, they also brought back impressions of the people with whom they came into contact - impressions that, while occasionally admiring, were more often hostile or contemptuous. First published in 1969, and a major influence on a generation of historians and cultural critics, 'The Lords of Human Kind' reveals the full range of those responses.
Includes index.
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Online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, February 16, 2015).
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  • Front Cover
  • critique influence change
  • More Critical Praise
  • About The Author
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Prefatory Note
  • A Tribute to Victor Kiernan
  • Foreword
  • Preface to the First Edition
  • Preface to the 1995 Edition
  • 1. Introduction
  • The Oldest Europe and its Neighbours
  • The Late Middle Ages: Contraction and Expansion
  • The Shape of Modern Europe
  • Europe and the World: The Seventeenth-Century Interval
  • The Eighteenth-Century Outlook
  • The Nineteenth Century: World Domination
  • Notes
  • 2. India
  • Conquest and the Spoils
  • Impulses of Reform
  • British Isolation: Splendid or Perilous?
  • The Mutiny and its Effects
  • Rebuilding an Alien Power
  • Missionaries and Indian Religion
  • Imperfect Sympathies
  • 3. Other Colonies in Asia
  • The British in Ceylon
  • The British in Burma
  • The British in Malaya
  • The Netherlands East Indies
  • French Indochina
  • Russia in Asia
  • 4. The Islamic World
  • Turkey
  • Tourists in the Near East
  • Egypt and North Africa
  • Persia
  • The Oriental Scene: Despotism, Hubble-Bubble, Harem
  • Christianity and Islam
  • 5. The Far East
  • China: An Illusion Fading
  • Celestial Empire and Foreign Barbarian
  • Foreign Residents in China
  • Estimates of the Chinese Character
  • Growth of Chinese Xenophobia
  • The Yellow Peril
  • Korea, Tibet, Siam
  • The Opening of Japan
  • Western Opinions of the Japanese
  • 6. Africa
  • Africans in Europe
  • Africans in the Americas
  • The Slave Trade and its Suppression
  • Europeans in Western Africa
  • Europeans in Eastern Africa
  • Southern Africa: the Conflict of Races
  • Belgians and Germans
  • White Settlers
  • The 'Child-Races' and their Reaction
  • 7. The South Seas
  • Free Love on Tahiti
  • Decorum on the Lewchew Islands
  • White Savages and Brown in the Pacific.
  • Missionary Influence and Western Rule
  • New Zealand and the Maoris
  • Australia and the Aborigines
  • 8. Latin America
  • Independence: White Man and Indian
  • Imitation Europe or New World?
  • Spanish America through European Eyes
  • Brazil and the Democracy of Races
  • Decadence and the Dictators
  • 9. Conclusion
  • Index
  • Back Cover.
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  • 1-350-22323-9
  • 1-78360-431-X
  • 1-78360-430-1
  • 905864048
  • 903858439
  • 10.5040/9781350223233
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