Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire / Edition 1

Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire / Edition 1

by David Cannadine
     
 

ISBN-10: 019515794X

ISBN-13: 9780195157949

Pub. Date: 12/05/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

With the return of Hong Kong to the Chinese government in 1997, the empire that had lasted three hundred years and "upon which the sun never set" finally lost its hold on the world and slipped into history. But the question of how we understand the British Empire—its origins, nature, purpose, and effect on the world it ruled—is far from settled.

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With the return of Hong Kong to the Chinese government in 1997, the empire that had lasted three hundred years and "upon which the sun never set" finally lost its hold on the world and slipped into history. But the question of how we understand the British Empire—its origins, nature, purpose, and effect on the world it ruled—is far from settled. In this incisive work, David Cannadine looks at the British Empire from a new perspective—through the eyes of those who created and ruled it—and offers fresh insight into the driving forces behind the Empire. Arguing against the views of Edward Said and others, Cannadine suggests that the British were motivated not only by race, but also by class. The British wanted to domesticate the exotic world of their colonies and to reorder the societies they ruled according to an idealized image of their own class hierarchies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195157949
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/05/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 5.38(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Pt. 1Beginnings
1Prologue
2Precursors
Pt. 2Localities
3Dominions
4India
5Colonies
6Mandates
Pt. 3Generalities
7Honours
8Monarchs
9Perspective
10Limitations
Pt. 4Endings
11Dissolution
12Epilogue
AppAn Imperial Childhood
Notes
Illustration Acknowledgements
Index

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