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Hating Empire Properly: The Two Indies and the Limits of Enlightenment Anticolonialism

Sunil M. Agnani


Hating Empire Properly produces a novel attempt to think the eighteenth-century imagination of the West and East Indies together, arguing that this is how contemporary thinkers Edmund Burke and Denis Diderot actually viewed them. This concern with multiple geographical spaces is revealed to be a largely unacknowledged part of the matrix of Enlightenment thought in which eighteenth-century European and American self-conceptions evolved. By focusing on colonial spaces of the Enlightenment, especially India and Haiti, this book demonstrates how Burke's fearful view of the French Revolution—for ma ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, Postcolonial, Empire, Colonialism, Eighteenth-century, Modernity, Decolonization, anticolonialism, Diderot, Denis, Burke, Edmund

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823251803
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251803.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sunil M. Agnani, author
University of Illinois at Chicago