Since decolonisation in the 1960s the debate on the virtues of liberal imperialism and the limits of democracy has never appeared more contemporary than now. Here are some of the most relevant voices - both moderns and classics.

The Moderns

The Classics

   
Bernard Crick  

Bernard Crick

  John Stuart Mill  

John Stuart Mill

Francis Fukuyama  

Francis Fukuyama

  Edmund Burke  

Edmund Burke

Sebastian Mallaby  

Sebastian Mallaby

  Niccolò Machiavelli  

Niccolò Machiavelli

Michael Ignatieff  

Michael Ignatieff

  Thomas Hobbes  

Thomas Hobbes

 

Additional interesting background texts to this debate:

J. A. Hobson, Imperialism
T. R. Metcalf, Ideologies of the Raj
Burke's Writings and Speeches, Empire and Community
P.J. Cain and A. G. Hopkins, British Imperialism
A. P. Thornton, The Imperial Idea and Its Enemies
Eric Stokes, The English Utilitarians in India

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