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The making of an iconic British journey
Tony Kushner

7 The Empire Windrush: the making of an iconic British journey Journeys of betterment In 1955 Donald Hinds came from Jamaica to work for London Transport. Alongside his work on the buses, Hinds was a regular contributor to the West Indian Gazette. The newspaper was formed in 1958 by the Trinidadian, Claudia Jones, and its content reflected a growing and culturally dynamic West Indian intellectual milieu in Britain. Its content explored domestic problems, including racist violence and discrimination, faced on an everyday level by West Indian migrants. In addition

in The battle of Britishness
The Empire Marketing Board and imperial propaganda, 1926–33
Stephen Constantine

It was never very convincing to argue that imperial enthusiasms entered on their long goodnight during or shortly after the First World War. The thesis seemed to assume that commitment to Empire was jaded by the prolonged embarrassment of the Boer War and pushed on to the defensive and into retreat during the Great War when the Allies, prodded by the USA, embraced the principles

in Imperialism and Popular Culture
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Mary A. Procida

if the Anglo-Indian woman was not a paragon of domesticity, then what exactly was her role in the home and, by extension, in the empire? Their inability readily to answer this question discomfited metropolitan observers of the Anglo-Indian scene. As Leonore Davidoff has pointed out, ‘housewife’ is a residual classification for women who cannot easily be assigned to

in Married to the empire
The use of British colonial ideals in Trinidad and Bengal
Martin J. Wiener

The somewhat cryptic title of this chapter refers to an influential collection of essays edited by the distinguished US colonial historian Jack Greene, entitled Exclusionary Empire . That work was dedicated to ‘all of those subordinated people who lost their lands, cultures, freedoms, and lives in the construction of Britain’s “empire of liberty”, which denied them

in The cultural construction of the British world
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The Scottish diaspora since 1707
Tanja Bueltmann and Graeme Morton

6 Partners in empire: the Scottish diaspora since 1707 Tanja Bueltmann and Graeme Morton In early 1884 the Otago Daily Times published a series of letters to the editor from local pioneer settlers and more recent arrivals to New Zealand at the heart of which lay the question of identity post-migration.1 It was an identity defined in no small part by national stereotypes, their use fuelling, for weeks, an increasingly bitter debate between Scotsmen and Englishmen in the region, leading one English writer to conclude that he was ‘happy, most happy, to see that

in British and Irish diasporas
Baden-Powell, Scouts and Guides, and an imperial ideal
Allen Warren

life at home, I like the fact that “over there” there are still new open spaces to be explored and developed, adventure and hardship to be faced and then the unique joy and satisfaction that results from successfully overcoming them …’ ‘Empire is not a Jingo term meaning that we want to spread ourselves aggressively over vast territories in rivalry with others – it stands for

in Imperialism and Popular Culture
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Tristan Marshall

Chapter 1 A Jacobean empire There is almost no nation but hangs upon the beck and nod of one man, obeys one man, is ruled by one man: therefore in this respect at least the state of things in our time is... like that of Rome under the emperors. And the more like their history is to ours, the more things we may find to study in it that we can apply to our uses.1 Diuine testimonies shew, that the honour of a king consisteth in the multitude of subiects, and certainely the state of the Jewes was farre more glorious, by the conquests of Dauid, and under the ample

in Theatre and empire
Gordon Pirie

While commercial flying was being organised, and absorbed some decommissioned pilots and planes, the RAF was adapting to peacetime work. One of its most senior members in the field, Maj.-Gen. (Sir) W. G. H. Salmond, the Commanding Air Officer in Cairo, was also becoming anxious about the absence of civil air progress in the Empire. Presumably he was having to deal with private companies

in Air empire
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‘Dominion over palm and pine’
W.J. Reader

I ‘ “The Empire upon which the sun never sets.” We all know these words, and we say them with a somewhat proud and grand air, for that vast Empire is ours. It belongs to us, and we to it. ‘ These words, aimed at schoolchildren, open Miss H. E. Marshall’s Our Empire Story, published in 1908 and reissued time and again until the late 1960’s. Miss Marshall was neither the first nor the only author in this field. Dr W. H. Fitchett, Principal of the Methodist Ladies

in 'At duty’s call'
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British theatre and imperial decline
Dan Rebellato

sitting around an embassy piano might reinforce the widespread belief that the major playwrights of the post-war West End had a sentimental affection for empire, if not a positively hawkish attachment to it. Pacific 1860 opened five months later at the Theatre Royal, on 19 December 1946, the day before Winston Churchill would famously denounce the Labour Government’s offer of independence to Burma

in British culture and the end of empire