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Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination, 1830-1867 / Edition 1
     

Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination, 1830-1867 / Edition 1

by Catherine Hall
 

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ISBN-10: 0226313352

ISBN-13: 9780226313351

Pub. Date: 05/01/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

How did the English get to be English? In Civilising Subjects, Catherine Hall argues that the idea of empire was at the heart of mid-nineteenth-century British self-imagining, with peoples such as the "Aborigines" in Australia and the "negroes" in Jamaica serving as markers of difference separating "civilised" English from "savage" others.

Hall uses the

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How did the English get to be English? In Civilising Subjects, Catherine Hall argues that the idea of empire was at the heart of mid-nineteenth-century British self-imagining, with peoples such as the "Aborigines" in Australia and the "negroes" in Jamaica serving as markers of difference separating "civilised" English from "savage" others.

Hall uses the stories of two groups of Englishmen and -women to explore British self-constructions both in the colonies and at home. In Jamaica, a group of Baptist missionaries hoped to make African-Jamaicans into people like themselves, only to be disappointed when the project proved neither simple nor congenial to the black men and women for whom they hoped to fashion new selves. And in Birmingham, abolitionist enthusiasm dominated the city in the 1830s, but by the 1860s, a harsher racial vocabulary reflected a new perception of the nonwhite subjects of empire as different kinds of men from the "manly citizens" of Birmingham.

This absorbing and detailed study of the "racing" of Englishness will be invaluable for students and scholars of imperial and cultural history.

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ISBN-13:
9780226313351
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
556
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

List of Maps and Illustrations.

Introduction.

Prologue: The Making of an Imperial Man.

Australia.

New Zealand.

St.Vincent and Antigua.

Jamaica.

Part I: Colony and Metropole:.

Mapping Jamaica:the Pre-Emancipation World in the Metropolitan Mind.

1. The Missionary Dream 1820-1842:.

The Baptist Missionary Society and the Missionary Project.

Missionaries and Planters.

The War of Representation.

The Constitution of the New Black Subject.

The Free Villages.

2. Faultlines in the Family of Man 1842-1845:.

Native Agency and the Africa Mission.

The Baptist Family.

Brother Knibb.

3. A Jamaica of the Mind 1820-1854:.

Phillippo's Jamaica.

'A Place of Gloomy Darkness'.

4. Missionary Men and Morant Bay 1859-1866:.

Anthony Trollope and Mr.Secretary Underhill.

The Trials of Life.

Morant Bay and After.

Part II: Metropolis, Colony and Empire:.

Mapping the Midland Metropolis.

5. The 'Friends of the Negro': Baptists and Abolitionists 1825-42:.

The Baptists in Birmingham.

'Friends of the Negro'.

The Utopian Years.

6. The Limits of Friendship: Abolitionism in Decline 1842-59:.

'A Population Intellectually at Zero'.

Carlyle's Occasion.

George Dawson and the Politics of Race and Nationalism.

Troubles for the Missionary Public.

7. Town, Nation and Empire 1859-1867:.

New Times.

Morant Bay.

Birmingham Men.

Epilogue.

Notes.

Bibliography.

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