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The Absent-Minded Imperialists: Empire, Society, and Culture in Britain / Edition 1
     

The Absent-Minded Imperialists: Empire, Society, and Culture in Britain / Edition 1

by Bernard Porter
 

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ISBN-10: 0199299595

ISBN-13: 9780199299591

Pub. Date: 09/28/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The British empire was a huge enterprise. To foreigners it more or less defined Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Its repercussions in the wider world are still with us today. One might expect this to have been reflected in her society and culture. This is the first book to examine this assumption critically against the broader background of

Overview

The British empire was a huge enterprise. To foreigners it more or less defined Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Its repercussions in the wider world are still with us today. One might expect this to have been reflected in her society and culture. This is the first book to examine this assumption critically against the broader background of contemporary British society. Bernard Porter, a leading imperial historian, argues that the empire had a far lower profile in Britain than it did abroad. He argues that though Britain was an imperial nation in this period, she was never a genuine imperial society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199299591
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. Empire and Society
2. Participation
3. The Prefects
4. The Middle Classes at School
5. Trade, Liberty, and Empire: the Middle Classes to 1880
6. Not in Front of the Servants
7. Culture and Empire
8. Peril and Propaganda c.1900
9. What About the Workers?
10. Imperialists, Other Imperialists, and Others
11. Empire on Condition 1914-40
12. Repercussions
13. Recapitulation and Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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