Published Date

January 1, 2004

From Imperialism: European, American, and Japanese


Pre-Industrial Imperialism

Bentley, Jerry H. Old World Encounters: Cross-Cultural Contacts and Exchanges in Pre- Modern Times. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Boorstin, Daniel J. The Creators: A History of the Heroes of the Imagination. New York: Random House, 1992.

Boorstin, Daniel J. The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search To Know His World and Himself. New York: Random House, 1983.

Bronowski, Jacob. The Ascent of Man. Boston: Little, Brown, 1973.

McNeill, William H. The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963.

Riley, C. L. Man Across the Sea: Problems in Pre-Columbian Contacts. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1975.

Sowell, Thomas. Migrations and Cultures: A World View. New York: Basic Books, 1996.

The New Imperialism

Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. New York: Signet Books, 1983.

Encounters With China: Merchants, Missionaries and Mandarins. Hong Kong: FormAsia Books, 1998. Photographs of Qing/Ch’ing China accompanied by essays.

Guttmann, Allen. Games and Empires: Modern Sports and Cultural Imperialism. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.

Headrick, Daniel R. The Tools of Empire: Technology and European Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.

Langer, William L. The Diplomacy of Imperialism, 1890-1902. New York: Knopf, 1935.

Parsons, Timothy H. The British Imperial Century, 1815-1914: A World History Perspective. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.

Mehta, Uday Singh. Liberalism and Empire: A Study in Nineteenth Century British Thought. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Mommsen, Wolfgang J. Theories of Imperialism. New York: Random House, 1980.

Old Hong Kong, 3 vols. Hong Kong: FormAsia Books, 1998. Photographs of colonial Hong Kong with essays.

Orwell, George. Burmese Days. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1962.

Schumpeter, Joseph. Imperialism and Social Classes. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1951.

Schwartz, Benjamin I. In Search of Wealth and Power: Yen Fu and the West. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1964.

The Collapse of Empires and the Post-Colonial World

Burkick, Eugene and Lederer, William J. The Ugly American. New York: Norton, 1958.

Fukuyama, Francis. The End of History and the Last Man. New York: Free Press, 1992.

Greene, Graham. The Quiet American. New York: Penguin Books, 1980.

McInnes, Neil “‘Orientalism,’ The Evolution of a Concept.” The National Interest (Winter, 1998/99), pp. 73-81.

Said, Edward W. Culture and Imperialism. New York: Vintage Books, 1993.

Said, Edward W. Orientalism. New York: Pantheon, 1978.

Spence, Jonathan. The Chan’s Great Continent: China in Western Minds. New York: Norton, 1998.

Windschuttle, Keith. “Edward Said’s ‘Orientalism’ Revisited.” New Criterion (January, 1999), pp. 30-38.

Windschuttle, Keith. “Liberalism and Imperialism.” New Criterion (December, 1998), pp. 4-14.

DocumentariesFilms and Criticism


Chinese Movie Data Base on the World-Wide Web:

Chow, Rey. Primitive Passions. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995.

Empire of the Sun. Japan in China during World War II.

Fifty-five Days in Peking. The West and Japan deal with the Boxers.

The Good Earth. Pearl Buck’s novel of a peasant’s struggle to survive as rendered by Hollywood.

Hitchock, Peter. “The Aesthetics of Alienation, or China’s ‘Fifth Generation.'” Cultural Studies, 6.1 (January, 1992), 116-141.

In the Name of the Emperor: The Rape of Nanking. Produced by Christine Choy and Nancy Tong; available through Filmakers Library.

Keys to the Kingdom. The endeavors of a priest bringing Christ to China.

The Last Emperor. The last Qing (Ch’ing) dynasty monarch, from child emperor to gardener during the Cultural Revolution.

The Opium War (Yapian Zhanzheng). Directed by Xie Jin and filmed on locations in China and Britain, this motion picture looks at events leading up to the Opium War, its battles, and the concluding Treaty of Nanking (Nanjing) in 1842.

Pickowitz, Paul, ed. New Chinese Cinema: Forms, Identities, Politics. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997)

Sandpebbles. A novel of missionaries and gunboats in China during the 1920s put onto film.

Satan Never Sleeps. The expulsion of missionaries in the wake of the Communist revolution.

Wild Swans. Jung Chang’s novel about three generations of Chinese women caught up in revolution and war put onto film.

Asia and Africa

African Queen. Missionary’s daughter and besotted ship’s captain deal with Germans and each other in Africa during World War I.

Bassek ba Kobhio, director. Le Grand Blanc de Lambarene (in French with English subtitles)Cameroonian filmmaker looks at colonialism from an African point of view.

Davidson, Basil. Africa: A Voyage of Discovery (1984), 6 programs. See especially Program 3, “Caravans of Gold,” which explores sub-Saharan Africa’s trade with the outside world, and Program 5, “The Bible and the Gun,” which examines the impact of Christianity in Africa.

Edward Said. This documentary by Films for the Humanities and Sciences deals with Said’s post-colonial theory, especially European literature about the Arabs.

The End of Empire. Films for the Humanities and Sciences.

Gandhi. An epic of the Mahatma’s non-violent means of extirpating British colonial rule.

Indo-Chine. The struggle against French rule, from post-World War I through the Geneva Conference (1954).

Lawrence of Arabia. T. E. Lawrence’s attempts to rally the Arabs against

Turkish rule during World War I.

Nehru: A Profile.

Reuters Television available through the Filmakers Library.

Out of Africa. Based on writer Isak Dinesen’s life in Africa, which inspired her novel.

Passage to India. Can the British ever understand the “orient?” Based on E.M. Forster’s novel.

Shaka Zulu. The life of Zulu nation leader Shaka, his rise to power, and ultimate demise authored by the British.