By Nasser Mufti
In Civilizing War, Nasser Mufti situates this modern conjuncture within the lengthy heritage of British imperialism, demonstrating how civil conflict has been and remains to be crucial to the politics of empire. via comparative readings of literature, feedback, historiography, and social research, Civilizing battle indicates how writers and intellectuals of Britain’s Anglophone empire articulated a “poetics of nationwide rupture” that outlined the metropolitan kingdom and its colonial others.
Mufti’s travel de strength marshals a wealth of examples as diversified as Thomas Carlyle, Benjamin Disraeli, Friedrich Engels, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, V. S. Naipaul, Nadine Gordimer, and Michael Ondaatje to ascertain the range of varieties this poetics takes—metaphors, figures, tropes, puns, and plot—all of that have performed a imperative position in Britain’s civilizing project and its afterlife. In doing so, Civilizing War shifts the phrases of Edward Said’s influential Orientalism to indicate that imperialism was once not just equipped round the norms of civility but in addition round narratives of civil war.
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