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story in what became known as the White Dominions suggests the development of a confidence on the part of imperial authorities that the military presence was rather a small part of imperial culture’. 3 In other corners of the British Empire, of course, greater recourse to coercion was required, but even there considerable emphasis was placed on the need to establish some degree of cultural authority. This became increasingly

in ‘An Irish Empire’?
Joe Turner

2 Making love, making empire On 19 April 1899 a troupe of South African ‘tribal’ groups landed at Southampton docks on the South Coast of England. Later that month they were due to perform a central role in the Earl’s Court exhibition Savage South Africa. Local reports claimed that ‘among the effects were over 200 natives of South African tribes, a number of Boer families, representatives of the mounted police, and a number of animals’ (Shephard 1986: 97). Early film footage, archived by the Colonial Film Project, shows the apparent moment when the groups

in Bordering intimacy
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Gordon T. Stewart

The British empire is a fascinating subject. It provides endless debate for historians and engrossing topics for the general reader. In spite of all the attention lavished upon it by scholarly and popular writers, there is still no agreement on the nature of the beast. Like attempts to understand the proverbial elephant in the dark, most analysts of empire touch only one part while other

in Jute and empire
Security and defense realities of East-Central Europe
James W. Peterson and Jacek Lubecki

Pre-history: East-Central Europe prior to the nineteenth century and the emergence of modern empires – Poland’s partitions By around 1000 AD, the medieval entities of Bohemia/Moravia, Poland, and Hungary (but not Slovakia) emerged from the chaos of the early Middle Ages as Western (Latin) Christian states. For all three, their ethnic centers happened to correspond roughly to where the respective

in Defense policies of East-Central European countries after 1989
Love in a postcolonial climate
Deborah Philips

5 The empire of romance: love in a postcolonial climate Deborah Philips The rose of romance, the internationally recognised logo of the Mills & Boon publishing house, might appear to be a very English rose, but its sales are global and its readership multinational. In 1999, the official historian of the company could write: ‘Ninety years after its founding, Mills & Boon is one of only two British publishers to have become a household name in Britain and throughout the Commonwealth … [it is] a worldwide publishing empire.’1 In 2008, it was estimated that Mills

in End of empire and the English novel since 1945
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Colonial subjects and the appeal for imperial justice
Charles V. Reed

increased local governance in the colonies of settlement and India; and the declining value of an ‘empire of free trade’ in a world where Britain’s unilateral dominance was threatened by the growing political, economic, and military potency of the United States and Germany. In response, imperial stakeholders sought to cement the importance of the empire to British subjects at home and abroad. The

in Royal tourists, colonial subjects and the making of a British world, 1860–1911
John M. MacKenzie

hour. Popular attention was never directed towards Africa for long.’ 1 If we can include the heroes of empire in other continents, notably those of India, and substitute ‘Empire’ for ‘Africa’, this view faithfully represents one aspect of the standard historiography of British imperialism. This chapter will offer an exploration and critique of a contention which is asserted with remarkable self

in Popular imperialism and the military 1850–1950
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Jeffrey Richards

If there is one classical composer who has become identified with the Empire and the imperial idea, it is Sir Edward Elgar. But there was an imperial dimension also to the work of the man Elgar succeeded as the acknowledged leader of the British musical world – Sir Arthur Sullivan. Reporting his death on 22 November 1900, The Times declared

in Imperialism and music
Nineteenth-century photographs of the British naval community overseas
Cindy McCreery

Navy, nation and empire v 4 v Navy, nation and empire: nineteenth-century photographs of the British naval community overseas Cindy McCreery This volume provides a timely opportunity to reconsider how we define and approach British naval history. Ships and war are of course a fundamental part of this history, but so too are people – civilians as well as officers and sailors. This is particularly true in periods of ‘peace’, such as the second half of the nineteenth century, when the Royal Navy depended on a diverse range of personnel on the spot as much as its

in A new naval history
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David Hardiman

avoid any overlap, and it was considered reprehensible for one society to try to evangelise in the area of another. Each constituted a unit that can be described as a ‘little empire’, governed by missionaries located in a few strategic centres. The mission station provided a visual demonstration of Christian colonial values. There was the church, preferably built in stone in old English style, the hospital

in Missionaries and their medicine