Divide et Impera: Vertical and Horizontal Dimensions of British Imperialism

  title={Divide et Impera: Vertical and Horizontal Dimensions of British Imperialism},
  author={Ilia Xypolia},
  pages={221 - 231}
This paper shifts the axis of analysis of imperialism and argues that the classic ‘divide and rule’ policy was implemented in a horizontal and vertical dimension simultaneously. By theorising Georg Simmel’s classic triadic configurations, this paper explores whether in the British imperial strategy a divisive mechanism was set up within which inter-communal problems were exploited or an advantage was gained simply by being a tertius gaudens, i.e. a rejoicing third. This paper argues that the… 
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