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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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(p.1) Introduction
Humanitarian Imperialism

Amalia Ribi Forclaz

Oxford University Press

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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