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- DescriptionTaming the Imperial Imagination marks a vel intervention into the debate on empire and international relations, and offers a new perspective on nineteenth-century Anglo-Afghan relations. Martin J. Bayly shows how, throughout the nineteenth century, the British Empire in India sought to understand and control its peripheries through the use of colonial kwledge. Addressing the fundamental question of what Afghanistan itself meant to the British at the time, he draws on extensive archival research to show how kwledge of Afghanistan was built, refined and warped by an evolving colonial state. This kwledge informed policy choices and cast Afghanistan in a separate legal and rmative universe. Beginning with the disorganised exploits of nineteenth-century explorers and ending with the cold strategic logic of the militarised 'scientific frontier', this book tracks the nineteenth-century origins of contemporary policy 'expertise' and the forms of kwledge that inform interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere today.
- Author BiographyMartin J. Bayly is an LSE Fellow in Contemporary International Relations Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
- Author(s)Martin J. Bayly
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication10/05/2016
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note2 b/w illus. 1 map 2 tables
- Weight640 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine21 mm
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