John Stuart Mill on Savagery, Slavery and Civilization
22 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2011
Date Written: August 8, 2011
This paper explores the paradoxes of Mill’s defence of liberal imperialism. It does so by examining the stadial theory of societal development he inherited from Adam Smith and the contrast between savagery and civilization embedded within that theory. Particular attention is given to Mill’s theoretical and historical understanding of the institution of slavery and its place within his model of development.
Keywords: imperialism, liberalism
JEL Classification: B31
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