The Other Empire: Metropolis, India and Progress in the Colonial Imagination

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This is a detailed study of the various ways in which London and India were imaginatively constructed by British observers during the nineteenth century. This process took place within an uneven field of knowledge that brought together travel and evangelical accounts to exert a formative influence on the creation of London and India for the domestic reading public. Their distinct narratives, rhetoric and chronologies forged homologies between representations of the metropolitan poor and colonial subjects. Thus ...
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This is a detailed study of the various ways in which London and India were imaginatively constructed by British observers during the nineteenth century. This process took place within an uneven field of knowledge that brought together travel and evangelical accounts to exert a formative influence on the creation of London and India for the domestic reading public. Their distinct narratives, rhetoric and chronologies forged homologies between representations of the metropolitan poor and colonial subjects. Thus the poor and particular sections of the Indian population -- seen as the most threatening to imperial progress -- were inscribed within discourses of Western civilisation as regressive and inferior peoples. Over time these discourses increasingly promoted notions of overt and rigid racial hierarchies, the legacy of which remains to this day.

This comparative analysis looks afresh at the writings of observers such as Henry Mayhew, Patrick Colquhoun, Charles Grant, Pierce Egan, James Forbes and Emma Roberts, thereby seeking to rethink the location of the poor and India within the nineteenth-century imagination. Drawing upon cultural and intellectual history it also attempts to extend our understanding of the relationship between 'centre' and 'periphery', and of the nature of imperial modernity. The other empire will be of value to students and scholars of modern imperial and urban history, cultural studies, and religious studies.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780719060182
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 7/23/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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John Marriott is Reader in History at the School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of East London and the Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre.

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Table of Contents

General editor's introduction
Acknowledgements
Introduction: metropolis and India 1
1 The antinomies of progress 9
2 Desarts of Africa or Arabia 41
3 The intimate connexion 68
4 A complete cyclopaedia 101
5 So immense an empire 130
6 In darkest England 160
7 The great museum of races 187
Conclusion 221
Index 231
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