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Working-class white women, interracial relationships and colonial ideologies in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Liverpool

the city has acquired what can only be described as a narrowly defined cosmopolitan identity since this was confined to the waterfront areas only and was limited to its global trade and the subsequent settlement of diverse ethnic peoples. Liverpool’s thwarted and ‘pretentious’ cosmopolitan character can be seen in the way the city’s society continued to negatively mark out ethnic and racial

in The empire in one city?
Settler pasts and racial identities in the Garment Workers’ Union, 1938-52

offensive, offering alternative historical visions and memories in the process. To focus on these commemorative events and their relationship to the GWU thus provides a means by which to examine these contests and the struggles to designate and define historical constituencies in racialised pasts. The 1938 centenary festival The voortrekker centenary was arranged by the Afrikaans Language and Cultural Association (ATKV) and was concerned primarily with inculcating the sense of a classless, unified, white Afrikaner volk

in Rethinking settler colonialism
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New Zealand’s empire

empire’. In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British Crown and Māori iwi. As a ‘living document’ with multiple interpretations and meanings, the Treaty occupies a complex place in both the past and the present. 8 The colony’s formative years were dominated by the mobility of imperial peoples and ideas, including contestation over land ownership, cultural beliefs, and the dominance of

in New Zealand’s empire

the reconstruction of mythologies of the nation and imperial progress. 1 Following Patrick Wright, we may understand the past as a ‘cultural presence’, appropriated for contemporary ‘self-understandings’ for a variety of purposes by different groups. 2 While the resultant cultural landscapes can be seen as ‘fields constitutive of identity ascription’, 3 sanctioned pasts are malleable and contested. 4 The expositions of 1929 and 1992 both represent moments of crisis for Spain as a post

in Imperial cities
Semantics and the Scottish diaspora

, and a special homecoming service at St Magnus’s Cathedral. 9 Others are organized by the clan associations and societies which proliferate in the United States and Canada in particular, and which typically involve visits to places associated with clan history and lore, and often culminate in a march through the clan’s historical territory behind the clan insignia, saltire, stars and stripes, maple leaf and other flags: a parading of identity which is at once local and transnational. 10 Many are much more personal journeys

in Emigrant homecomings

nineteenth century, the development of civic identity and a growth of a popular local patriotism became fused, at key moments, with grand imperial adventures. It challenges recent studies that suggest that working-class patriotism during the Boer War was simply the product of imperial values disseminated by a hegemonic state. This book adopts a more nuanced approach and argues that, while working

in Visions of empire
Shaping and remembering an imperial city, 1870–1911

past identities, a city could sustain a series of historical identities, or ‘historical sequences’, only in adjacent spaces: ‘the same space cannot have two different [historical] contents’. 2 In this chapter we suggest otherwise. Our focus is on various attempts by successive Italian governments from 1870 until 1911 to articulate the imperial identities of antiquity together with the contemporary imperial pretensions of the modern Italian kingdom in the reworked landscapes of central Rome. We argue that the making of modern

in Imperial cities
The Queen’s currency and imperial pedagogies on Australia’s south-eastern settler frontiers

, and even tested and taught to Aboriginal peoples. The curious contestation of sovereignty between Aboriginal people and Europeans on Australian settler frontiers may therefore be observed through paying close attention to cross-cultural moments and to contact history, with its shifting contingencies of ceremony and bodily performance, where people, objects, and rituals and

in Mistress of everything
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The remaking of imperial Paris

not only opened up to capitalism and trade; it was also redesigned to glorify the imperial regime. As the landscape of the city was being reshaped, inroads were being made into what was felt by many citizens to be the irrepressible identity of Paris, the capital of the Revolution and therefore of the people. ‘Imperial Paris’ became a highly contested notion as those with conflicting political ideals fought for symbolic ownership of urban space and representation. The development of the tourist trade produced

in Imperial cities
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race continued to be a contested territory, as it had been from the 1840s to the 1860s, and as it continued to be in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I began with the scientists recognising that the growth in the professional and intellectual standing of the sciences had a profound effect on the production and authority of what was deemed to be ‘real’ knowledge

in Science, race relations and resistance