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confusion worse confounded

Complete confusion, deriving from a usage by Milton in Paradise Lost (1667).

Empire and Imperialism

Empire and Imperialism   Reference library

Heather Streets, John E. Kicza, John P. Cann, Wim van den Doel, Aaron D. Whelchel, Patricia M. E. Lorcin, G. N. Uzoigwe, Erik Grimmer-Solem, Kirk W. Larsen, and Christopher A. Conte

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
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48,169 words
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...related to “empire,” “imperialism” refers to the ideologies held within the dominant polity that support and encourage the creation of empires. It is, in other words, the force behind empire that translates expansionist sentiment into action. “Imperialism” is frequently confounded with “colonialism,” but in fact the two terms are not synonymous. Rather, “colonialism” refers not to the driving ideology behind empire, but to the policies and practices set in motion within imperial territories in order to maintain order and to realize economic and social...

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