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Writing Imperial Histories

Studies in Imperialism

By John Mackenzie (Series edited by), Andrew S. Thompson (Edited by)

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Format: Hardcover, 293 pages
Other Information: Halftones, black & white
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 August 2013
This book appraises the critical contribution of the Studies in Imperialism series to the writing of imperial histories as the series passes its 100th publication. The volume brings together some of the most distinguished scholars writing today to explore the major intellectual trends in Imperial history, with a particular focus on the cultural readings of empire that have flourished over the last generation. When the Studies in Imperialism series was founded, the discipline of Imperial history was at what was probably its lowest ebb. A quarter of a century on, there has been a tremendous broadening of the scope of what the study of empire encompasses. Essays in the volume consider ways in which the series and the wider historiography have sought to reconnect British and imperial histories; to lay bare the cultural expressions and registers of colonial power; and to explore the variety of experiences the home population derived from the empire. -- .

Table of Contents

Introduction - Andrew Thompson 1. The MacKenziean moment in retrospect (or how one hundred volumes bloomed) - Stuart Ward 2. The power of culture and the cultures of power: John MacKenzie and the study of imperialism - Cherry Leonardi 3. Sex matters: Sexuality and the writing of colonial history - Robert Aldrich 4. Exploration, the environment, and empire - Dane Kennedy 5. Spatial concepts and the historical geographies of British colonialism - Alan Lester 6. Policing the colonial crowd: Patterns of policing in the European empires during the Depression years - Martin Thomas 7. Whatever Happened to the Third British Empire?: Empire, nation redux - Mrinalini Sinha 8. Media, India and the Raj - Chandrika Kaul 9. Empires, diasporas and cultural circulation - Sunil Amrith 10. Decolonisation, space and power: Immigration, welfare and housing in Britain and France, 1945-74 - Jim House and Andrew Thompson Afterword - John Mackenzie Index -- .

About the Author

Andrew S. Thompson is Professor of Modern History, University of Exeter -- .


A fitting tribute to Professor MacKenzie's enormous contribution to modern imperial history. In the spirit of MacKenzie's expansive vision, this collection works both as a summation of his career and also as a stimulus to further research.' Saul Dubow, Professor of History, Sussex University Coincident attention to genealogy and innovative potential is the hallmark of this collection. Leonardi and Ward, among others, connect recent cutting-edge scholarship with its still-active ancestor: John M. MacKenzie, the founding editor of the Studies in Imperialism. The theme reappears subtly in Robert Aldrich's study of gender in empire, as he demonstrates that the series carved out a space for sexuality to be taken seriously as a point of historical investigation, and, more pointedly, when Dane Kennedy traces a clear path from early histories of exploration to the environmental histories now in vogue in the academy. In fact, the dual vantage points make this collection much more than a retrospective. While each of the essays elucidates the importance of past contributions to the eld, the assembled authors also propose compelling future paths of inquiry. -- .

EAN: 9780719086007
ISBN: 0719086000
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Dimensions: 23.88 x 15.49 x 2.79 centimetres (0.59 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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