Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination, 1830-1867 / Edition 1

Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination, 1830-1867 / Edition 1

by Catherine Hall
     
 

How did the English get to be English? In Civilising Subjects, Catherine Hall argues that the idea of empire was at the heart of mid-nineteenth-century British self-imagining, with peoples such as the "Aborigines" in Australia and the "negroes" in Jamaica serving as markers of difference separating "civilised" English from "savage" others.

Hall uses the

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How did the English get to be English? In Civilising Subjects, Catherine Hall argues that the idea of empire was at the heart of mid-nineteenth-century British self-imagining, with peoples such as the "Aborigines" in Australia and the "negroes" in Jamaica serving as markers of difference separating "civilised" English from "savage" others.

Hall uses the stories of two groups of Englishmen and -women to explore British self-constructions both in the colonies and at home. In Jamaica, a group of Baptist missionaries hoped to make African-Jamaicans into people like themselves, only to be disappointed when the project proved neither simple nor congenial to the black men and women for whom they hoped to fashion new selves. And in Birmingham, abolitionist enthusiasm dominated the city in the 1830s, but by the 1860s, a harsher racial vocabulary reflected a new perception of the nonwhite subjects of empire as different kinds of men from the "manly citizens" of Birmingham.

This absorbing and detailed study of the "racing" of Englishness will be invaluable for students and scholars of imperial and cultural history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226313351
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
556
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of maps and illustrations
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Cast of Characters
Introduction1
Prologue: The Making of an Imperial Man23
Pt. IColony and Metropole67
Mapping Jamaica: The Pre-emancipation World in the Metropolitan Mind69
1The Missionary Dream 1820-184284
2Fault-lines in the Family of Man 1842-1845140
3'A Jamaica of the Mind' 1820-1854174
4Missionary Men and Morant Bay 1859-1866209
Pt. IIMetropolis, Colony and Empire265
Mapping the Midland Metropolis267
5The 'Friends of the Negro': Baptists and Abolitionists 1825-1842290
6The Limits of Friendship: Abolitionism in Delcine 1842-1859338
7Town, Nation and Empire 1859-1867380
Epilogue434
Notes442
Bibliography507
Index536

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