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Colonial Capitalism and the Dilemmas of Liberalism

Onur Ulas Ince


This book analyzes the relationship between liberalism and empire from the perspective of political economy. It investigates the formative impact of “colonial capitalism” on the historical development of British liberal thought between the late seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries. It argues that liberalism as a political language developed through early modern debates over the contested meanings of property, exchange, and labor, which it examines respectively in the context of colonial land appropriations in the Americas, militarized trading in South Asia, and state-led proletarianizati ... More

Keywords: capitalism, colonialism, liberalism, empire, property, trade, labor, John Locke, Edmund Burke, Edward G. Wakefield

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190637293
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190637293.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Onur Ulas Ince, author
Assistant Professor of Political Theory, University of Koc