Networks of Domination: The Social Foundations of Peripheral Conquest in International Politics

Hardcover | June 26, 2014

byPaul Macdonald

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In the nineteenth century, European states conquered vast stretches of territory across the periphery of the international system. This book challenges the conventional wisdom that these conquests were the product of European military dominance or technological superiority. In contrast, itclaims that favorable social conditions helped fuel peripheral conquest. European states enjoyed greatest success when they were able to recruit local collaborators and exploit divisions among elites in targeted societies. Different configurations of social ties connecting potential conquerors with elites in the periphery played a critical role in shaping patterns of peripheral conquest as well as the strategies conquerors employed. To demonstrate this argument, the book compares episodes of British colonial expansionin India, South Africa, and Nigeria during the nineteenth century. It also examines the contemporary applicability of the theory through an examination of the United States occupation of Iraq.

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In the nineteenth century, European states conquered vast stretches of territory across the periphery of the international system. This book challenges the conventional wisdom that these conquests were the product of European military dominance or technological superiority. In contrast, itclaims that favorable social conditions helped ...

Paul MacDonald is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsIntroduction'Streams of Blood Turned Into Rivers':The Puzzle of Peripheral Conquest in International Politics1. We Have Got the Maxim Gun':Military Superiority and Peripheral Conquest2. Networks of Domination:The Social Foundations of Peripheral Conquest3. 'The Pressure of Insupportable Evils':Social Ties and the Conquest of India4. 'All Most Cheerfully Touched the Symbol of Peace':Turbulent Frontiers and Conquest in southern Africa5. 'Drawing Lines Upon Maps':Commerce and Conquest in the Niger Delta6. 'Put an Iraqi Face On It':Social Ties and the Occupation of IraqConclusion'Vanquished By Its Own Victory':The Future of Peripheral ConquestNotesIndex