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John MacKenzie and the study of imperialism

an ‘Africanist’ in the 1990s. 7 And it was one of his earlier Africanist colleagues, Shula Marks, who drew attention to the vital importance of MacKenzie’s work on imperial culture in the 1980s. Like MacKenzie, she was endorsing Field’s challenge to consider imperialism as part of English or British social history, and to explore how experiences of empire had shaped daily life and identities in

in Writing imperial histories
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class domination and capital accumulation. Against this backdrop, convict hopes of family formation or reunion, of sexual and intimate relations and of a private life were destined not only to become more tenuous and fragile but increasingly also matters of class conflict and contestation. While – as numerous historical studies have shown – relations between male and female convicts were undoubtedly

in Gender, crime and empire
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Cross-cultural encounters produce boundaries and frontiers. These are spaces, both physical and intellectual, which are never neutrally positioned, but are assertive, contested and dialogic. Boundaries and frontiers are sometimes negotiated, sometimes violent and often are structured by convention and protocol that are not immediately obvious to those standing on either one side or the other. This book

in Colonial frontiers
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Despite its grossly tangible historical presence, imperialism is a spectre which haunts the historiography of East Asia by its absence. Despite the redrawing of the maps, the renaming of cities, the creation of new borders, cities, countries, languages and identities, historians of China, Japan and Korea mostly content themselves with placing imperialism within nationalist narratives of subjugation, humiliation, resistance, and liberation. Historians of British or Japanese imperialism have also pared their analyses down

in New frontiers
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Medicine, mobility and the empire

networks, involving influential laypeople as well as specialists, in the making of expertise and knowledge. For many Malawians, the partly overlapping networks of transatlantic Protestant Christianity, colonial medicine and migrant labour offered new connections and access to medicines, knowledge and expertise, although these networks were also contested and limiting. In negotiations about knowledge

in Medicine, mobility and the empire
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–186; Avtar Brah, Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities (London 1996); Nigel Rapport and Andrew Dawson (eds), Migrants of Identity: Perceptions of Home in a World of Movement (Oxford 1998 ); Anne-Marie Fortier, Migrant Belongings: Memory, Space, Identity (Oxford 2000). 24 Cornelia

in History, heritage, and colonialism
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Mapping the tyranny

have been few sustained discussions about what might constitute a postcolonial geography’. 53 They propose that this academic inquiry and political project should focus on ‘understanding the spatial dynamics of power, identity and knowledge’. 54 It should explore how imperial power was and is both constituted and resisted geographically: how it was produced by, and was productive of, geographies. Taking up these questions, this book examines the spatial dynamics of power with respect to the contested regulation of

in Sex, politics and empire

-racial’, South Africans. Yet the terms of their reference are also beginning to be contested by a younger generation in its habits, sensibilities and trajectories, which exist irrevocably within the post-apartheid realm. Thus the texts discussed here remain vivid traces in a slipstream of whitenesses, ones to which, I hope to have shown, we can usefully keep returning in reflections on race, but which increasingly need to be juxtaposed with other forms and expressions of identities lodged both with and beyond race, in this case

in Rethinking settler colonialism

ethnic – understandings of British identity in the empire further complicate the story of the British world. Black loyalists who fought with the British in the American Revolution and were resettled in Nova Scotia and then Sierra Leone; black South Africans who fought with the British in their imperial wars; ‘Afro-Victorians’ who served in colonial administrations and ran the empire in Africa; and the

in The cultural construction of the British world
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foregrounding the relationship between 'nation' and 'empire', there is a danger of producing a monolithic, even contested, notion of the nation. New Imperial historians have examined contestation of the 'nation' in terms of gender, class and 'race' but perhaps ironically, this has sometimes served to privilege national identities and downplay region, city, town

in Visions of empire