Between empire and colony: American imperialism and Pan-African colonialism in Liberia, 1810–2003

Whyte, C. (2016) Between empire and colony: American imperialism and Pan-African colonialism in Liberia, 1810–2003. National Identities, 18(1), pp. 71-88. (doi:10.1080/14608944.2016.1095493)

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Abstract

Both Liberia and the USA make their independence from the imperial/colonial systems of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries an integral part of their national identities. Despite an upsurge in the use of the term ‘American Empire’ since the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, the American government has firmly identified itself as a republic with no colonial ambitions. Liberia, dubbed ‘Africa's oldest republic’, has similarly fashioned a national self-image of freedom and independence. This article uses the concept of Colonialism without Colonies to critically evaluate these claims, and further open up questions about the nature of imperialism in contrast to colonialism.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Whyte, Dr Christine
Authors: Whyte, C.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:National Identities
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1460-8944
ISSN (Online):1469-9907
Published Online:29 October 2015

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