Palgrave Studies in Comparative Global History

Corruption, Empire and Colonialism in the Modern Era

A Global Perspective

Editors: Kroeze, Ronald, Dalmau, Pol, Monier, Frédéric (Eds.)

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  • Focuses on corruption in a colonial context
  • Provides the first global and comparative survey on the history of corruption and empire
  • Enlightens the measures to curb corruption in today’s society
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Answering the calls made to overcome methodological nationalism, this volume is the first examination of the links between corruption and imperial rule in the modern world. It does so through a set of original studies that examine the multi-layered nature of corruption in four different empires (Great Britain, Spain, the Netherlands and France) and their possessions in Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. It offers a key read for scholars interested in the fields of corruption, colonialism/empire and global history.

The chapters ‘Introduction: Corruption, Empire and Colonialism in the Modern Era: Towards a Global Perspective’, Corrupt and rapacious”: Colonial Spanish-American past through the eyes of early nineteenth century contemporaries. A contribution from the history of emotions’, and ‘Colonial Normativity? Corruption in the Dutch-Indonesian Relationship in the Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Centuries’ are Open Access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com.

 


About the authors

Ronald Kroeze is Associate Professor in Political History at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

 

Pol Dalmau is a Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral researcher at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain.

 

Frédéric Monier is Professor of Contemporary History at Université d’Avignon, France.

 

Reviews

“As corruption has been little studied in the context of modern Western colonial empires, this edited volume is most welcome. From a determinedly contextual perspective, authors seek to grasp how social actors, both colonised and colonisers, perceived ‘corruption’ in their own times. Contributors show that the notion was manipulated to attack enemies and facilitate reforms, including those demanded by anticolonial movements in metropoles. Authors further probe the alleged role of combating corruption in the transition from early modern to modern colonialism.”

--William G. Clarence-Smith, Emeritus professor, SOAS University of London, UK

 

“This volume carefully unpacks the history of corruption in European empires and brings together fascinating cases from the Spanish, British, Dutch and French empires, with examples ranging from Cuba to Myanmar. The authors show how in empire corruption was both common practice and a political tool. Their contributions are relevant for scholars of colonialism, as much as for scholars of (historical) corruption.”


--Alicia Schrikker, Senior University Lecturer in Colonial and Global History, Leiden University, Netherlands

 

“This is an important collection of essays. It significantly advances our understanding of what has become a major scholarly problem –the political and cultural significance of corruption in the modern world– by offering one of the first sustained examinations of the relations between corruption and empire.”

--Alex Middleton, Lecturer in Modern British History, University of Oxford, UK

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: Corruption, Empire and Colonialism in the Modern Era: Towards a Global Perspective

    Pages 1-19

    Kroeze, Ronald (et al.)

  • Reflections of an Early Modern Historian on the Modern History of Corruption and Empire

    Pages 23-43

    Yun-Casalilla, Bartolomé

  • Corruption, Empire and State-Building: An Entangled History of the British and French “Imperial Nation States” and Hyderabad, c.1760–1800

    Pages 45-78

    Bührer, Tanja

  • The East India Company and the Regulation of Corruption in Early-Nineteenth-Century India

    Pages 79-103

    Anushree, Anubha

  • Corrupt and Rapacious: Colonial Spanish-American Past Through the Eyes of Early Nineteenth-Century Contemporaries. A Contribution from the History of Emotions

    Pages 105-139

    Prieto, Moisés

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Corruption, Empire and Colonialism in the Modern Era
Book Subtitle
A Global Perspective
Editors
  • Ronald Kroeze
  • Pol Dalmau
  • Frédéric Monier
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Comparative Global History
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-16-0255-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-16-0255-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-16-0254-2
Series ISSN
2662-7965
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 362
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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