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Humanitarian ImperialismThe Politics of Anti-Slavery Activism, 1880-1940$
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Amalia Ribi Forclaz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733034

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733034.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Humanitarian Imperialism
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Amalia Ribi Forclaz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733034.003.0001

The introduction sets out the main argument of the book and reviews the current state of historical scholarship. It argues that the revival of anti-slavery activism in the late 1880s and its continuation throughout the first half of the twentieth century was a result of imperial and humanitarian currents striving for international recognition. Slavery in Africa became a transnational problem which induced a wide range of actors to engage in strategic and often selective cooperation across national borders, based on a shared belief in their own advanced ‘civilization’ and in the moral legitimacy of humanitaruian imperialism. The introduction makes a case for looking at anti-slavery activism beyond Britain and emphasizes why transnational perspectives should pay attention to power. It concludes by briefly summarizing the six chapters of the book.

Keywords:   historiography, abolitionism, internationalism, imperialism, Africa, slavery, humanitarianism, anti-slavery activism

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