The Empire of Progress: West Africans, Indians, and Britons at the British Empire Exhibition, 1924-25

The Empire of Progress: West Africans, Indians, and Britons at the British Empire Exhibition, 1924-25

by D. Stephen
     
 

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This much-needed study of the British Empire Exhibition reveals durable, persistent connections between empire and domestic society in Britain during the interwar years. It demonstrates that the Exhibition was a marker of how by 1924, imperial relations were increasingly likely to be shaped by forces located on the colonial periphery.

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This much-needed study of the British Empire Exhibition reveals durable, persistent connections between empire and domestic society in Britain during the interwar years. It demonstrates that the Exhibition was a marker of how by 1924, imperial relations were increasingly likely to be shaped by forces located on the colonial periphery.

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'The largest and most ambitious in the tradition of imperial expositions, the 1924 Empire Exhibition brought the empire 'home' to the outskirts of north London, heralding a new era of imperial unity and development while adhering to the principle of colonial self-sufficiency and reproducing racist caricatures. In the first book-length account of the exhibition at Wembley, its context, and its contradictions, Stephens provides new insight into the British Empire during the interwar years, when it reached a tenuous apex and inspired mounting opposition both in Britain and in the colonies.' - Marc Matera, Assistant Professor, History Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

'This is an insightful, well-written study of the often overlooked Wembley Empire Exhibition of 1924-25 that treats with great sensitivity the fair's non-European participants. That The Empire of Progress does so within the context of twentieth-century British history and the history of Britain's empire is all the more impressive.' - Jeffrey Auerbach, Professor of History, California State University Northridge, USA

'The Empire of Progress is a welcome addition to the literature on the inter-war empire. It provides a comprehensive and illuminating study of the contribution the 1924-5 Empire Exhibition made to promoting an 'empire consciousness' and to the evolution of emergent discourses of colonial development in the wider context of new post-war challenges to the British empire, including the growth of anti-colonial resistance.' - Barbara Bush, Emeritus Professor of History, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137325112
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
09/19/2013
Edition description:
2013
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Stephen is Lecturer in History at University of Colorado Boulder, USA. His work has appeared in Twentieth Century British History and The Jourbanal of British Studies.

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