Enlightenment ideals reflected in imperialism and colonialism
This book targets among the humanities' most broadly held premises: namely, the European Enlightenment laid the footwork for contemporary imperialism. It argues rather the Enlightenment's vision of empire calls our very own historic and theoretical paradigms into question. While eighteenth-century British India hasn't received nearly exactly the same attention as nineteenth- and twentieth-century empires, it's the place where colonial rule and Enlightenment reason first grew to become entwined. The Stillbirth of Capital makes its situation by analyzing every work about British India compiled by a significant author from 1670 to 1815, a period of time that coincides not just using the Enlightenment but additionally using the institution of the global economy.
As opposed to both Marxist and liberal students, figures for example Dryden, Defoe, Voltaire, Sterne, Cruz, Bentham, Burke, Sheridan, and Scott locate modernity's roots not within the birth of capital but instead within the collusion of sovereign energy and monopoly commerce, which used Indian Sea wealth to invest in the unfathomable costs of contemporary war. Ahmed discloses the pertinence of eighteenth-century contacting our very own moment of danger, once the military alliance of hegemonic states and companies is becoming much more far-reaching of computer was at centuries past.
About the writer
Siraj Ahmed is Assistant Professor of British and Comparative Literature at Lehman College, City College of recent You are able to.
"It is really an original book that switches into a historic materialist approach to be able to question dominant blood pressure measurements of Enlightenment ideas. Ahmed's research into Britain's economic activities in India and the engaging rereading of person texts get this to an indispensible book for students employed in 18-century studies. His engagement with contemporary postcolonial critique, furthermore, and also the book's revisionist approach, is going to be of worth too to postcolonial students."
—Emma Bird, Journal of Postcolonial Writing
"[Ahmed's] well-investigated, completely historicized study interrogates works that purport to mirror various concepts of Enlightenment, e.g., Protestant and sentimental ethics, the disposable market, Orientalist understanding, and also the progressive condition. Ahmed offers unique and interesting blood pressure measurements. . . . Highly Suggested."
—J. C. Eustace, CHOICE
"This ambitious book assumes contemporary experts of colonial discourse studies coming to creating a effective, innovative argument concerning the violent histories of European militarized buying and selling companies within the Indian Sea and also the capacity of eighteenth-century texts to significantly register these violent practices. Ahmed's prose may be the equal of his scholarship, supple and mature in each and every regard."
—Suvir Kaul, College of Pennsylvania
"This is a great book that argues with and challenges our knowledge of the ecu Enlightenment's intellectual and material engagement with Europe's imperial background and fiscal practices, particularly in colonial India. It will likely be of worth to political and postcolonial advocates in addition to students with curiosity about Enlightenment studies, piracy, and the introduction of sentimentalism within the lengthy 18th century.Inch