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Author Rivière, Peter.

Title Absent-minded imperialism : Britain and the expansion of empire in nineteenth-century Brazil / Peter Rivière
Published London ; New York : Tauris Academic Studies ; New York : In the U.S.A. and in Canada distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1995


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 W'PONDS  981.04 Riv/Ami  AVAILABLE
Description xii, 194 pages, <8> pages of color plates : color illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. First stages 1829-1837 -- 3. The first mission at Pirara 1838 -- 4. Retreat to Urwa 1839 -- 5. Retreat to Waraputa 1840-41 -- 6. The occupation of Pirara 1842 -- 7. The withdrawal from Pirara 1842 -- 8. The closing scenes 1842-43 -- 9. The aftermath -- 10. Afterthoughts
Summary Centred on the Indian village of Pirara on the border between northern Brazil and British Guiana, in a remote territory in the interior, the story of the Anglo-Brazilian border dispute reveals much about the varied and conflicting motivations of imperial expansion. Zealous Protestant and Catholic mission activity, attempts to end slavery, and the overwhelming motivation to establish links and to define and control imperial boundaries were key aspects of the dispute. This is a beautifully written and vivid anthropological and historical narrative, with acute analysis of imperial expansion, based upon extensive fieldwork and Foreign Office, Colonial Office and missionary society records
This book looks at the mainsprings of imperial expansion and illustrates the grain of truth in J.R. Seeley's famous phrase in The Expansion of England: 'We seem to have conquered and peopled half the world in a fit of absence of mind.' Peter Riviere gives a vivid account of how the British Empire at the zenith of its power was dragged reluctantly, and with little thought and no clear policy, into a minor border dispute with Brazil which was solved only after sending a boundary commission and an expeditionary force
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-187) and index
Subject British -- Guyana -- Pirara -- History -- 19th century.
Brazil -- Boundaries -- Guyana.
Brazil -- History -- Empire, 1822-1889.
Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901.
Guyana -- Boundaries -- Brazil.
Guiana -- Boundaries -- Brazil.
Pirara (Guyana) -- History.
LC no. 94061500
ISBN 1850439133