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Edge of Empire: Conquest and Collecting in the East 1750–1850电子书

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作       者:Maya Jasanoff

出  版  社:Harper Perennial

出版时间:2009-09-17

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Talented historian Maya Jasonoff offers an alternative history of the British Empire. It is not about conquest – but rather a collection of startling and fascinating personal accounts of cross-cultural exchange from those who found themselves on the edges of Empire. A Palladian mansion filled with Western art in the centre of old Calcutta, the Mughal Emperor’s letters in an archive in the French Alps, the names of Italian adventurers scratched into the walls of Egyptian temples: in this imaginative book, Maya Jasanoff delves into the stories behind artefacts like these to uncover the lives of collectors in India and Egypt who lived on the frontiers of European empire. ‘Edge of Empire’ traces their exploits to tell an intimate history of imperialism. Written and researched on four continents, ‘Edge of Empire’ tells a story about the making of European empires, ones that break away from the grand narratives of power, exploitation, and resistance, to delve into the personal dimensions of imperialism. She asks what people brought to imperial frontiers and what they took away, and what motives drove them, whether ambition, opportunism, curiosity or greed. This rich and compelling book enters a world where people lived, loved and died, and identified with each other across cultures much more than our prejudices about ‘Empire’ might suggest.
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Cover

Title Page

Dedication

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

PART ONE: INDIA 1750-1799

CHAPTER ONE: Conquests

I. War of the World

II. Trade to Conquest

III. Clive of India, Clive of Britain

IV. Empire Unmasked

CHAPTER TWO: Crossings

I. Beyond the Frontier

II. Chameleon Capital

III. Orientalists?

IV. Connoisseurs?

CHAPTER THREE: Compromises

I. Going Un-Native

II. Settling

III. Staying On

IV. Legacies

PART TWO: IMPERIAL COLLISION 1798-1801

CHAPTER FOUR: Invading Egypt

I. A New War, a New Empire

II. Westward Bound

III. Empire by Design

IV. Abdallah Bonaparte

CHAPTER FIVE: Seizing Seringapatam

I. Citizen Tipu

II. L'Alliance Française

III. A Dangerous Liaison

IV. The Fall, and After

CHAPTER SIX: The Objects of Victory

I. Trophies

II. A Tropical Grand Tour

III. From Kaveri to Nile

PART THREE: EGYPT 1801-1840

CHAPTER SEVEN: Rivals

I. Expansion Under Cover

II. War and Piece

III. Personal and Political

IV. An Amateur Abroad

CHAPTER EIGHT: Removals

I. The Partisans

II. The Patriot

III. A Clash of Reinventions

IV. Gentlemen and Capitalists

CHAPTER NINE: Recoveries

I. The Two Egypts

II. France Redux

III. Preservers and Destroyers

IV. Collecting Back

CONCLUSION

Acknowledgments

Note on Sources

About the Author

Notes

Index

Praise

Copyright

About the Publisher

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