At Home with the Empire: Metropolitan Culture and the Imperial World / Edition 1

At Home with the Empire: Metropolitan Culture and the Imperial World / Edition 1

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At Home with the Empire: Metropolitan Culture and the Imperial World / Edition 1

This pioneering 2006 volume addresses the question of how Britain's empire was lived through everyday practices - in church and chapel, by readers at home, as embodied in sexualities or forms of citizenship, as narrated in histories - from the eighteenth century to the present. Leading historians explore the imperial experience and legacy for those located, physically or imaginatively, 'at home,' from the impact of empire on constructions of womanhood, masculinity and class to its influence in shaping literature, sexuality, visual culture, consumption and history-writing. They assess how people thought imperially, not in the sense of political affiliations for or against empire, but simply assuming it was there, part of the given world that had made them who they were. They also show how empire became a contentious focus of attention at certain moments and in particular ways. This will be essential reading for scholars and students of modern Britain and its empire.

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ISBN-13: 9780521670029
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 1,076,622
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors     vii
Introduction: being at home with the Empire   Catherine Hall   Sonya Rose     1
At home with history: Macaulay and the History of England   Catherine Hall     32
A homogeneous society? Britain's internal 'others', 1800-present   Laura Tabili     53
At home with the Empire: the example of Ireland   Christine Kinealy     77
The condition of women, women's writing and the Empire in nineteenth-century Britain   Jane Rendall     101
Sexuality and empire   Philippa Levine     122
Religion and empire at home   Susan Thorne     143
Metropolitan desires and colonial connections: reflections on consumption and empire   Joanna de Groot     166
Imagining empire: history, fantasy and literature   Cora Kaplan     191
New narratives of imperial politics in the nineteenth century   Antoinette Burton     212
Bringing the Empire home: women activists in imperial Britain, 1790s-1930s   Clare Midgley     230
Taking class notes on empire   James Epstein     251
Citizenship and empire, 1867-1928   Keith McClelland   Sonya Rose     275
Select bibliography     298
Index     330

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