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Some insights into a provincial British commercial network
Anthony Webster

capitalism’ thesis put forward by Peter Cain and Antony Hopkins. Liverpool and the Asian trade: beginnings and development The period 1793 to 1815 was both a difficult and a formative one in the development of Liverpool’s commerce and politics. Besides the directly disruptive consequences of the war with France on the city’s trade, there was the problem of

in The empire in one city?
Mark Hampton

If British commentators imagined Hong Kong as the site of an unbridled capitalism contrasting with the dreary Welfare State of post-1945 Britain, that did not mean that Hong Kong was purely a place of work. Alongside the glorification of the entrepreneurial hero went the British man at play. This meant reproducing British cultural practices such as club and sport, and it

in Hong Kong and British culture, 1945–97
Jacqueline Beaumont

playing a part in the unfolding of those events. The Morning Leader, whose leaders were often critiques of opinions expressed in those of other broadsheets, is a good example. It saw The Times as part of the ‘Rhodesian Press’, as an organ of South African capitalism in general and of Rhodes in particular. It suggested that Rhodes, Chamberlain and Flora Shaw, the

in The South African War reappraised
Dennis Butts

Lucien Goldmann has called ‘reification’. He argues that the later periods of western capitalism, especially the imperialist period between 1912 and 1945, can be identified by the gradual disappearance of the individual and by the appearance of a world increasingly dominated by objects with their own autonomy. 15 It is certainly true that the new technology of aeronautics plays a

in Imperialism and juvenile literature
Women’s experiences of cocoa farming
Emma Robertson

production demands recognition of the intersections between capitalism, patriarchy and colonialism, and the effects of such structures on women’s lives. Before the establishment of the West African industry, women in South and Central America, and in the Caribbean, were already involved in diverse ways in the production and sale of cocoa to the western market. Again, there has been

in Chocolate, women and empire
Author: Mark Hampton

This book examines the place of Hong Kong in the British imagination between the end of World War II and the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in July 1997. It argues that Hong Kong has received far less attention from British imperial and cultural historians than its importance would warrant. It argues that Hong Kong was a site within which competing yet complementary visions of Britishness could be imagined—for example, the British penchant for trade and good government, and their role as agents of modernization. At the centre of these articulations of Britishness was the idea of Hong Kong as a “barren rock” that British administration had transformed into one of the world’s great cities—and the danger of its destruction by the impending “handover” to communist China in 1997.

The book moves freely between the activities of Britons in Hong Kong and portrayals of Hong Kong within domestic British discourse. It uses such printed primary sources as newspapers, memoirs, novels, political pamphlets, and academic texts, and archival material located in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, the United States, and Australia, including government documents, regimental collections, and personal papers.

This book collects eleven original essays in the cultural history of the British Empire since the eighteenth century. It is geographically capacious, taking in the United Kingdom, India, West Africa, Hong Kong, and Australia, as well as sites of informal British influence such as the Ottoman Empire and southern China.

The book considers the ways in which British culture circulated within what John Darwin has called the British “world system”. In this, the book builds on existing imperial scholarship while innovating in several ways: it focuses on the movement of ideas and cultural praxis, whereas Darwin has focused mostly on imperial structures —financial, demographic, and military. The book examines the transmission, reception, and adaptation of British culture in the Metropole, the empire and informal colonial spaces, whereas many recent scholars have considered British imperial influence on the Metropole alone. It examines Britain's Atlantic and Asian imperial experiences from the eighteenth to the twentieth century together.

Through focusing on political ideology, literary movements, material culture, marriage, and the construction of national identities, the essays demonstrate the salience of culture in making a “British World”.

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Anandi Ramamurthy

demonstrate the value of the social, political and economic contextualisation of imagery and the limitations and uses of stereotyping theory. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries colonialism provided a political logic for capitalism and almost all the images of black people in advertising gave expression to the ways in which we were dehumanised, diminished and naturalised as servants and

in Imperial persuaders
Stephanie Barczewski

money came from the Empire. 3 What does this mean for the relationship between empire building and landed property in Britain? That relationship has been examined most extensively by P. J. Cain and A. G. Hopkins, who argue that ‘gentlemanly capitalism’ was the driving force behind Britain’s imperial expansion. Cain and Hopkins attribute the expansion of empire not to the growth of industrial

in Country houses and the British Empire, 1700–1930
Anandi Ramamurthy

eulogised Stanley’s view of the commodity as a civilising source which would promote capitalism. McClintock comments on the relationship between the image of black people and whiteness in soap advertising and the denial of women’s labour on these newly branded products. Neither author, however, attempts to link the material interests of particular companies to their use of the black figure

in Imperial persuaders