The Chartist General: Charles James Napier, The Conquest of Sind, and Imperial Liberalism

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Routledge, 3 nov 2016 - 378 pagine

General Charles James Napier was sent to confront the tens of thousands of Chartist protestors marching through the cities of the North of England in the late 1830s. A well-known leftist who agreed with the Chartist demands for democracy, Napier managed to keep the peace. In South Asia, the same man would later provoke a war and conquer Sind. In this first-ever scholarly biography of Napier, Edward Beasley asks how the conventional depictions of the man as a peacemaker in England and a warmonger in Asia can be reconciled. Employing deep archival research and close readings of Napier's published books (ignored by prior scholars), this well-written volume demonstrates that Napier was a liberal imperialist who believed that if freedom was right for the people of England it was right for the people of Sind -- even if "freedom" had to be imposed by military force. Napier also confronted the messy aftermath of Western conquest, carrying out nation-building with mixed success, trying to end the honour killing of women, and eventually discovering the limits of imperial interference.


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Early days
A soldier
In America and France
Greece and the Greeks
Cephalonia and the Greek Revolution
Social reform for Cephalonia
Departure and bereavement
To and from the battle of Miani
The battle of Dubba
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Victory in the
ªTo protect the poor from Barbarian Tyranny
Conflict and decline
Home and back

Australia and idealism
Flogging and politics
The north of England
The conquest of Sind
To India and Sind
Napiers motivations
Reforming the army
The Kohat expedition
The mutinies of Charles James Napier
Napier liberalism and imperialism

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Edward Beasley is Professor of History at San Diego State University. He is author of The Victorian Reinvention of Race, Empire as the Triumph of Theory and Mid-Victorian Imperialists, all available from Routledge.

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