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London 1900: The Imperial Metropolis / Edition 1
     

London 1900: The Imperial Metropolis / Edition 1

by Jonathan Schneer
 

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ISBN-10: 0300089031

ISBN-13: 9780300089035

Pub. Date: 02/28/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

London in 1900 was the greatest city on earth—the capital of an empire on which the sun never set. This book is the first to examine this powerful and influential city at the turn of the century and to investigate its relationship with Britain’s far-flung empire.

Jonathan Schneer focuses on the diverse, contentious, contradictory personalities of

Overview

London in 1900 was the greatest city on earth—the capital of an empire on which the sun never set. This book is the first to examine this powerful and influential city at the turn of the century and to investigate its relationship with Britain’s far-flung empire.

Jonathan Schneer focuses on the diverse, contentious, contradictory personalities of London and its inhabitants, showing the many ways that the empire impinged on them. He describes how a range of citizens—from architects to zoologists, from financiers to striking dockers—helped to define and shape the imperial metropolis. He also shows how the city was influenced by people other than native-born male Anglo-Saxons. Schneer traces the attempts of some of these overlooked peoples to delineate its boundaries: four extraordinary women—two political hostesses, a journalist, and an explorer-ethnologist—as well as anti-imperialist Irish, South Asians, West Indians, and Africans living in London at this time. In a concluding chapter, Schneer examines the general election of 1900 in London, in which the ruling Conservative government successfully defended its imperialist policies. The people of London, says Schneer, made their city and continually remade and reshaped it—as they continue to do today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300089035
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
ix
Introduction
London in 1900
3(14)
PART I. IMPERIAL LONDON
The Face of Imperial London
17(20)
The Nexus of Empire
37(27)
The City
64(29)
Popular Culture in the Imperial Metropolis
93(26)
PART II. ALTERNATIVE IMPERIAL LONDONS
Limning Female Gender Boundaries
119(43)
London's Radical and Celtic Fringe
162(22)
Dadabhai Naoroji and the Search for Respect
184(19)
Roots of the Pan-African Conference
203(26)
Conclusion
The Khaki Election of 1900
229(36)
Notes 265(42)
Bibliography 307(16)
Acknowledgments 323(2)
Index 325

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