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The Chartist General

Charles James Napier, The Conquest of Sind, and Imperial Liberalism

General Charles James Napier was sent to confront the tens of thousands of Chartist protestors marching through the cities of the North of England in the late 1830s. A well-known leftist who agreed with the Chartist demands for democracy, Napier managed to keep the peace. Les mer
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Om boka

General Charles James Napier was sent to confront the tens of thousands of Chartist protestors marching through the cities of the North of England in the late 1830s. A well-known leftist who agreed with the Chartist demands for democracy, Napier managed to keep the peace. In South Asia, the same man would later provoke a war and conquer Sind. In this first-ever scholarly biography of Napier, Edward Beasley asks how the conventional depictions of the man as a peacemaker in England and a warmonger in Asia can be reconciled. Employing deep archival research and close readings of Napier's published books (ignored by prior scholars), this well-written volume demonstrates that Napier was a liberal imperialist who believed that if freedom was right for the people of England it was right for the people of Sind -- even if "freedom" had to be imposed by military force. Napier also confronted the messy aftermath of Western conquest, carrying out nation-building with mixed success, trying to end the honour killing of women, and eventually discovering the limits of imperial interference.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Illustrations and Maps





Acknowledgements





Introduction: Liberalism and Napier





Part I: Boyhood and War





Chapter 1: Early Days





Chapter 2: A Soldier





Chapter 3: In America and France





Part II: The Radical Abroad and at Home





Chapter 4: Greece and the Greeks





Chapter 5: Cephalonia and the Greek Revolution





Chapter 6: Social Reform for Cephalonia





Chapter 7: Departure and Bereavement





Chapter 8: Australia and Idealism





Chapter 9: Flogging and Politics





Part III: The North of England





Chapter 10: The Coming of Chartism





Chapter 11: Command in the North





Chapter 12: The Long-Term Threat





Chapter 13: Newport and After





Part IV: The Conquest of Sind





Chapter 14: To India and Sind





Chapter 15: Napier's Motivations





Chapter 16: To and from the Battle of Miani





Chapter 17: The Battle of Dubba





Part V: 'In Scinde as in Cephalonia....'





Chapter 18: Victory in the Sun





Chapter 19: 'To Protect the Poor from Barbarian Tyranny!'





Chapter 20: Conflict and Decline





Part VI: Commander-in-Chief





Chapter 21: Home and Back





Chapter 22: Reforming the Army





Chapter 23: The Kohat Expedition





Chapter 24: The Mutinies of Charles James Napier





Conclusion: Napier, Liberalism, and Imperialism





Bibliography

Om forfatteren

Edward Beasley is Professor of History at San Diego State University. He is author of The Victorian Reinvention of Race, Empire as the Triumph of Theory and Mid-Victorian Imperialists, all available from Routledge.