Upsets received views to show how rebellious colonies changed
British attitudes to empire Much has been written on the how
colonial subjects took up British and European ideas and turned
them against empire when making claims to freedom and
self-determination. The possibility of reverse influence has been
largely overlooked. Insurgent Empire shows how Britain's enslaved
and colonial subjects were not merely victims of empire and
subsequent beneficiaries of its crises of conscience but also
agents whose resistance both contributed to their own liberation
and shaped British ideas about freedom and who could be free. This
book examines dissent over the question of empire in Britain and
shows how it was influenced by rebellions and resistance in the
colonies from the West Indies and East Africa to Egypt and India.
It also shows how a pivotal role in fomenting dissent was played by
anti-colonial campaigners based in London at the heart of the
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