European Empires and the People: Popular responses to imperialism in France, Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Italy

European Empires and the People: Popular responses to imperialism in France, Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Italy

by Andrew Thompson, John M. MacKenzie

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This is the first book to survey in comparative form the transmission of imperial ideas to the public in six European countries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The chapters, focusing on France, Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Italy, provide parallel studies of the manner in which colonial ambitions and events in the respective European empires were given wider popular visibility. The international group of contributors, who are all scholars working at the cutting edge of these fields, place their work in the context of governmental policies, the economic bases of imperial expansion, major events such as wars of conquest, the emergence of myths of heroic action in exotic contexts, religious and missionary impulses, as well as the new media which facilitated such popular dissemination. Among these media were the press, international exhibitions, popular literature, educational institutions and methods, ceremonies, church sermons and lectures, monuments, paintings and much else.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526118301
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2017
Series: Studies in Imperialism
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 945,744
File size: 39 MB
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About the Author

John M. MacKenzie is Professor Emeritus of Imperial History at Lancaster University
John MacKenzie is Emeritus Professor of Imperial History, Lancaster University and holds Honorary Professorships at Aberdeen, St Andrews and Stirling, as well as an Honorary Fellowship at Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations Contributors 1. Introduction by John M. MacKenzie 2. Exalting Imperial Grandeur: the French Empire and its metropolitan public - Berny Sèbe 3. Passion or Indifference: popular imperialism in Britain, continuities and discontinuities over two centuries - John M. MacKenzie 4. Songs of an imperial underdog: imperialism and popular culture in the Netherlands, 1870-1960 - Vincent Kuitenbrouwer 5 .Learning to Love Leopold: Belgian popular imperialism, 1830-1960 -Matthew G. Stanard 6. Imagination and beyond: cultures and geographies of imperialism in Germany, 1848-1918 - Bernhard Gissibl 7. ‘The Peasants did not think of Africa’: Empire and the Italian state’s pursuit of legitimacy, 1871-1945 - Giuseppe Finaldi 8. Afterword - Matthew G. Stanard Index

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