British Culture and the End of Empire / Edition 1

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The demise of the British Empire in the three decades following the Second World War is a theme that has been well traversed in studies of post-war British politics, economics and foreign relations. Yet there has been strikingly little attention to the question of how these dramatic changes in Britain's relationships with the wider world were reflected in British culture. This volume addresses this central issue, arguing that the social and cultural impact of decolonisation had as significant an effect on the imperial centre as on the colonial periphery. Far from being a matter of indifference or resigned acceptance as is often suggested, the fall of the British Empire came as a profound shock to the British national imagination, and resonated widely in British popular culture.

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'This is a fine collection, which patiently unthreads one of the most persistent orthodoxies of British historiography - the belief that decolonisation was a process which happened only "overseas".' —Bill Schwarz, Goldsmiths' College, University of London
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719060489
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2002
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,147,662
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Ward is Lecturer in History at the Menzies Center for Australian Studies, King's College, University of London.

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Table of Contents

General editor's introduction

1. The persistence of empire in metropolitan culture - John M. Mackenzie
2. Empire loyalists and 'Commonwealth men': The round table and the end of empire - Alex May
3. Coronation Everest: empire and commonwealth in the 'second Elizabethan age' - Peter H. Hansen
4. Look back at empire: British theatre and imperial decline - Dan Rebellato
5. 'No nation could be broker': The satire boom and the demise of Britain's world role - Stuart Ward
6. The imperial game in crisis: English cricket and decolonisation - Mike Cronin and Richard Holt
7. Imperial heroes for a post-imperial age: Films and the end of empire - Jeffrey Richards
8. Imperial legacies, new frontiers: Children's popular literature and the demise of empire - Cathryn Castle
9. Wandering in the wake of empire: British travel and tourism in the post-imperial world - Hsu-Ming Teo
10. Communities of Britishness: Migration in the last gasp of empire - Kathleen Paul
11. South Asians in post-imperial Britain: Decolonisation and the imperial legacy - Shompa Lahiri
12. India, Inc.?: Nostalgia, memory and the empire of things - Antoinette Burton

Notes on contributors

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