Country Houses and the British Empire, 1700-1930

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Country houses and the British Empire, 1700-1930, assesses the economic and cultural links between country houses and the Empire between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. Using sources from over fifty British and Irish archives, it enables readers to better understand the impact of the Empire upon the British metropolis by showing both the geographical variations and the different cultural manifestations of that impact. The first half of the book concentrates on economic issues, as it lists the more than a...
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Overview


Country houses and the British Empire, 1700-1930, assesses the economic and cultural links between country houses and the Empire between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. Using sources from over fifty British and Irish archives, it enables readers to better understand the impact of the Empire upon the British metropolis by showing both the geographical variations and the different cultural manifestations of that impact. The first half of the book concentrates on economic issues, as it lists the more than a thousand houses that were purchased using imperial wealth and analyses the attitudes that underlay those purchases. It also maps the concentrations of country houses purchased from imperial funds, showing how some parts of the United Kingdom saw a significantly greater inflow of wealth from the colonies than did others. The second half turns to the cultural display of empire in country-house context, which was focused around four discourses: a discourse of commodities, a discourse of cosmopolitanism, a discourse of conquest and a discourse of collecting. Suitable for both a scholarly audience, postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students and more general readers, Country houses and the British Empire offers a rare scholarly analysis of the history of country houses that goes beyond their architecture or biographical studies of their owners. It recognises their importance as the physical embodiments of imperial wealth and as reflectors of imperial cultural influences. In so doing, it restores them to their true place of centrality in British culture over the last three centuries, and provides fresh insights into the role of the Empire in the British metropolis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719096228
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 11/26/2014
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism Series
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 1,129,692
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Barczewski is Professor of Modern British History at Clemson University

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Table of Contents

Introduction: British country houses and empire, 1700-1930

1. Colonial merchants

2. Indian nabobs

3. West Indian planters

4. Military and naval officers and other categories of imperial estate purchasers

5. The impact of imperial wealth on British landed estates

6. The cultural display of empire in country houses

7. The discourse of commodities

8. The discourse of cosmopolitanism

9. The discourse of conquest

10. The discourse of collecting

Conclusion

Appendices

Select bibliography

Index

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