Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2015
A key weakness of Robinson and Gallagher’s work, however, is their attempt to extrapolate the theory of British imperialism to the other European powers. The authors often overlooked detail and nuance in favor of sustaining a general theory. The majority of the critical responses in Imperialism, therefore, respond to Robinson and Gallagher’s failure to account for the specific and the particular – the various facts, details, or historical interpretations which compromise their theory. Moreover, as Victor Kiernan argues, the authors’ focus on the “official mind” skews the evidence. Such a methodological approach, according to Kiernan, indicates the rationale of imperial expansion but does not provide evidence of underlying causes, particularly the economic motivations that were rarely committed to paper. Nevertheless, Robinson and Gallagher’s contribution stands as a significant achievement. Their work pioneered new concepts, posed new questions, and changed the way a generation of historians understood the theories of imperialism. The compilation into one volume of the most important critiques of Robinson and Gallagher’s work reflects this achievement and gives Imperialism its enduring value.
- Publisher : New Viewpoints (January 1, 1976)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 252 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0531055825
- ISBN-13 : 978-0531055823
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces