Liberalism, nation, and empire: the case of J. S. Mill

Liberalism, nation, and empire: the case of J. S. Mill

in Empire and Modern Political Thought
Edited by Sankar Muthu
Cambridge
2012

The relationship between John Stuart Mill's political thought and imperialism has, in the literature, been approached in three different ways. The first approach is straightforwardly historical. Mill was not just a thinker. He was an important interlocutor in thinking about imperial power. He worked for the East India Company, whose approach to imperial governance he defended. He also weighed in on almost all of the important controversies surrounding the colonies in his time, from India to Ireland, from Jamaica to Australia.

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