Empire of Neglect

Empire of Neglect

The West Indies in the Wake of British Liberalism

  • Author: Taylor, Christopher
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Serie: Radical Américas
  • ISBN: 9780822371045
  • eISBN Pdf: 9780822371748
  • Place of publication:  Durham , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 2018
  • Month: May
  • Pages: 320
  • Language: English
Following the publication of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, nineteenth-century liberal economic thinkers insisted that a globally hegemonic Britain would profit only by abandoning the formal empire. British West Indians across the divides of race and class understood that, far from signaling an invitation to nationalist independence, this liberal economic discourse inaugurated a policy of imperial “neglect”—a way of ignoring the ties that obligated Britain to sustain the worlds of the empire’s distant fellow subjects. In Empire of Neglect Christopher Taylor examines this neglect’s cultural and literary ramifications, tracing how nineteenth-century British West Indians reoriented their affective, cultural, and political worlds toward the Americas as a response to the liberalization of the British Empire. Analyzing a wide array of sources, from plantation correspondence, political economy treatises, and novels to newspapers, socialist programs, and memoirs, Taylor shows how the Americas came to serve as a real and figurative site at which abandoned West Indians sought to imagine and invent postliberal forms of political subjecthood.
  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part One: Managing Neglect
    • 1: The Political Economy of Neglect
    • 2: “Them Worthless Ones”: Emancipatory Liberalism in Jamaica
  • Interregnum: Between Worlds
    • 3: Imperial Abandonment and Hemispheric Alternatives
  • Part Two: Building New Worlds
    • 4: Uncle Bolívar’s Children
    • 5: “A Purely ’Mercial Transaction”
  • Coda: Americas That Were and Americas to Come
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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