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Alan Lester

the heart of empire.’ 4 In a survey of the state of imperial history written in the same year that the Studies in Imperialism series began, David Fieldhouse posited that only a superhuman scholar could attain the vantage point necessary to achieve an overview of developments in both of the spatial categories of core and periphery relevant to the imperial historian. His ideal imperial historian would

in Writing imperial histories
Empire, Nation Redux
Mrinalini Sinha

Long before it became quite de rigueur, John M. MacKenzie was making the case, both in his own scholarship and in the Studies in Imperialism series, which he launched in 1984, for the domestic impact of empire on the nation in Britain. He thus inaugurated what has been, arguably, the most significant post-Robinson-Gallagher development in British imperial historiography

in Writing imperial histories
John MacKenzie and the study of imperialism
Cherry Leonardi

Empire (1984) and the follow-up edited volume Imperialism and Popular Culture (1986) were in continuous print and the Studies in Imperialism series was steadily expanding, covering the kind of subjects Bayly advocated. MacKenzie had himself turned to another innovative research focus on imperial hunting and conservation, a subject that returned his attention to Africa. 45 His pioneering scholarship over a

in Writing imperial histories
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Brad Beaven

's Studies in Imperialism series that began in the mid-1980s. 5 This research generated an invaluable body of work that sought to illustrate the pervasive influence of empire in cultural institutions such as the theatre, music, advertising and the cinema. The launch of Studies in Imperialism helped initiate a vigorous debate that continues to this day on whether the consumption of this culture

in Visions of empire
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Nellie’s dance
Chloe Campbell

a society modelled on eugenic insights. Kenya could be a laboratory for ‘scientific colonisation’, 11 untainted by the degenerative effects of misguided old-world sentimentality about nurture. The fuller cultural implications of imperialism have, like eugenics, only recently been explored by historians – part, in fact, of the intellectual project of this ‘Studies in Imperialismseries is to develop

in Race and empire
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New Zealand’s empire
Katie Pickles
Catharine Coleborne

Australasian and Pacific regions. 10 There is already a strong body of work about New Zealand, Britishness, and hegemony that, with gender and empire to the fore, has interrogated aspects of the construction of colonial identity in New Zealand. Influenced by the work of John M. MacKenzie, and many of the volumes in the Studies in Imperialism series, written during the past two decades, this work has followed on

in New Zealand’s empire
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Dana Arnold

’s observations. The volume ends, then, at a moment when national identities were beginning to shift and change on the eve of the Second World War, after which the establishing of the Commonwealth completely transforms the relationship between colonizer and colonized and the kinds of cultural identities expressed by visual means. This book appears in the ‘Studies in Imperialismseries

in Cultural identities and the aesthetics of Britishness
Immigration, welfare and housing in Britain and France, 1945–1974
Jim House
Andrew S. Thompson

If the figure of the migrant is a defining feature of our own times, migration also has a very long history. The profound changes wrought by the diasporic expansions of Western and non-Western peoples loom large in recent histories of globalisation. 1 From its inception, the Studies in Imperialism series was quick to recognise how imperial migrations had caused a

in Writing imperial histories
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Anna Bocking-Welch

, 2003), p. 2. See also, Catherine Hall, Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination, 1830–1867 (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2002); Catherine Hall and Sonya O. Rose (eds), At Home with Empire: Metropolitan Cultures and the Imperial World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006); and the Manchester University Press ‘Studies in Imperialismseries. 7 Benita Parry cited in Antoinette Burton, ‘Who needs the

in British civic society at the end of empire
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Empire and music
Jeffrey Richards

Empire, by the uniformed youth movements and by a range of invented traditions and public rituals designed to promote Empire, in particular Empire Day with its religious services, processions, concerts and imperial displays. Many of the volumes in the ‘Studies in Imperialismseries have recovered and explored in detail facets of this cultural expression of Empire. 4 Under

in Imperialism and music