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It takes a village

C.A. Bayly: Henry Maine, 14 July 2011

Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of Liberal Imperialism 
by Karuna Mantena.
Princeton, 269 pp., £27.95, March 2011, 978 0 691 12816 0
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... have mentioned, alongside Darwin and John Stuart Mill, the name of Sir Henry Maine, the subject of Karuna Mantena’s valuable new study. His name isn’t heard much anymore, but in his own day Maine (1822-88) was regarded as a towering public intellectual. He became regius professor of civil law at Cambridge at the age of 25, then a writer for the ...

What is a tribe?

Mahmood Mamdani, 13 September 2012

... significance today? In Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of Liberal Imperialism, Karuna Mantena shows the central role of his thinking in the reformulation of justifications for colonial rule.* It is this that she has in mind when she writes of an ‘alibi’. But his innovations also had significant consequences for the response of the ...

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