they served. The
prima facie similarity of subject masked the multiplicity of
agendas busily at work in the texts. It has long been recognised that
one enterprise for which Livingstone was routinely marshalled was the
British Empire. 2 Imperial
endeavours were the ever-present subtext of numerous biographies, whose
authors re-presented his life, time and again, in order to have
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EmpireEmpire and internationalism interacted in complex and conflicting ways.
They bore underlying resemblances in that their practices frequently contradicted their rhetoric about progress and idealism. Similar to internationalism,
empires used and created transnational networks; they drew upon expertise
that had been gained within the contexts of scientific and cultural exchange,
working with missionaries, explorers and scholars. While the unequal power
relations at the heart of empire are self
French rule in Algeria ended in 1962 following almost eight years of intensely violent conflict, producing one of the largest migratory waves of the post-1945 era. Almost a million French settlers - pieds-noirs - and tens of thousands of harkis - native auxiliaries who had fought with the French army - felt compelled to leave their homeland and cross the Mediterranean to France. Tracing the history of these two communities, From Empire to Exile explores the legacies of the Algerian War of Independence in France. It uses the long-standing grassroots collective mobilisation and memory activism undertaken by both groups to challenge the idea that this was a ‘forgotten’ war that only returned to public attention in the 1990s. Revealing the rich and dynamic interactions produced as pieds-noirs,harkis and other groups engaged with each other and with state-sanctioned narratives, this study demonstrates the fundamental ways in which postcolonial minorities have shaped the landscapes of French politics, society and culture since 1962. It also helps place the current ‘memory wars’ deemed to be sweeping France in their wider historical context, proving that the current competition for control over the representation of the past in the public sphere is not a recent development, but the culmination of long-running processes. By reconceptualising the ways in which the Algerian War has been debated, evaluated and commemorated in the five decades since it ended, this book makes an original contribution to important discussions surrounding the contentious issues of memory, migration and empire in contemporary France.
Beyond its simple valorisation as a symbol of knowledge and progress in
post-Enlightenment narratives, light was central to the visual politics and
imaginative geographies of empire. Empires of Light describes how imperial
designations of ‘cities of light’ and ‘hearts of darkness’ were consonant with
the dynamic material culture of light in the nineteenth-century
industrialisation of light (in homes, streets, theatres, etc.) and its
instrumentalisation through industries of representation. Empires of Light
studies the material effects of light as power through the drama of imperial
vision and its engagement with colonial India. It evaluates responses by the
celebrated Indian painter Ravi Varma (1848–1906) to claim the centrality of
light in imperial technologies of vision, not merely as an ideological effect
but as a material presence that produces spaces and inscribes bodies.
This book looks at the interrelationship between nationalism and theatre in the Jacobean period. It also looks at the creation of a British identity brought about by the accession of King James VI of Scotland to the English throne in 1603. The most significant political legacy of James's national project was the creation of an emphatically British identity among the settlers from both England and Scotland who planted Ulster. A series of plays in London's theatres was staging the lives of a group of earlier British rulers. The theatre of the Jacobean period does not rest on Shakespeare alone. What emerges in the study of the London stages in this period is that his work fits into a wider framework of dramatic material discoursing on not just the Union, but on issues of war, religion and overseas exploration. Under James VI and I, the discourse on empire changed to meet the new expansion overseas, and also the practicality of a Scottish king whose person fulfilled the criteria of King of 'Great Britain' in a way that Elizabeth never could. For James VI and I, Shakespeare's play was a celebration of the British imperium that seemed secure in the figures of Henry, Prince of Wales, Prince Charles and the Princess Elizabeth. The repertoire of the theatre companies suggests that in terms of public opinion there was a great deal of consensus regarding the direction of foreign policy.
This book is a study of the colonial officials who governed British Africa between 1900 and the Second World War. Historians have to date failed to provide a detailed examination of what caused these ‘men on the spot’ to think and act in the ways they did. Drawing on a vast range of hitherto underexplored private papers, this book assesses the scope of their different attitudes and endeavours. It considers the role of background, education, training, British culture, social and intellectual networks across Africa, and personal self-interest in shaping the ways that officials related to Africans and to one another, and their ideas of race, empire, governance, development, and duty. It considers the implications of these officials’ mental landscapes for some of the key theories of empire to have emerged in recent years.
The British Empire contributed greatly to the globalising of western buildings,
towns and cities across the world. The requirements of security necessitated the
construction of forts and barracks everywhere, while the need for mobility and
ceremonial led to the use of large numbers of tents. As towns and cities
developed, building types required for imperial rule, the operations of colonial
economies and the comfort and cultural edification of Europeans appeared
everywhere. These included government houses, town halls, courthouses, assembly
and parliament buildings, company headquarters, customs houses and hotels. As
the white bourgeoisie became a major global class, their representative
buildings, such as clubs, libraries, museums, theatres, religious institutions,
mission stations and schools, also spread worldwide. Some of these were designed
for the dissemination of European culture to indigenous peoples, as well as the
proselytisation of Christianity. Imperial rulers, their officials and troops
additionally required particular settlements for leisure, recreation and the
restoration of health, and these included hill stations in many colonies. The
new technologies of the age, such as the telegraph and railways, also generated
significant structures, widely dispersed. In addition to the great public and
civic buildings, residential accommodation was created for Europeans, servants
and workers. The result was a striking built environment which offers many
insights into the nature, character and social and economic development of
imperial rule, not least in the patterns of racial and class inclusion and
exclusion which such buildings represented. It is an environment which remains
key to the understanding of the modern world, and one which has survived, often
through the modern fascination with ‘heritage’ as well as through its
incorporation into new postcolonial arrangements.
Comic empires is a unique collection of new research exploring the relationship
between imperialism and cartoons, caricature, and satirical art. Edited by
leading scholars across both fields, the volume provides new perspectives on
well-known events, and also illuminates little-known players in the ‘great game’
of empire. It contains contributions from noted as well as emerging experts.
Keren Zdafee and Stefanie Wichhart both examine Egypt (in the turbulent 1930s
and during the Suez Crisis, respectively); David Olds and Robert Phiddian
explore the decolonisation of cartooning in Australia from the 1960s. Fiona
Halloran, the foremost expert on Thomas Nast (1840–1902), examines his
engagement with US westward expansion. The overseas imperialism of the United
States is analysed by Albert D. Pionke and Frederick Whiting, as well as Stephen
Tuffnell. Shaoqian Zhang takes a close look at Chinese and Japanese
propagandising during the conflict of 1937–1945; and David Lockwood interrogates
the attitudes of David Low (1891–1963) towards British India. Some of the finest
comic art of the period is deployed as evidence, and examined seriously – in its
own right – for the first time. Readers will find cartoons on subjects as
diverse as the Pacific, Cuba, and Cyprus, from Punch, Judge, and Puck. Egyptian,
German, French, and Australian comic art also enriches this innovative
collection. Accessible to students of history at all levels, Comic empires is a
major addition to the world-leading ‘Studies in imperialism’ series, while
standing alone as an innovative and significant contribution to the ever-growing
field of comics studies.
The whole business of British air transport during the period of 1919-1939 was infused with muddle, belt-and-braces attitudes and old-fashioned company ideas. The conditions of inter-war Britain militated against new technology, fresh approach to management, organization and the relationships between capital and the state. This book provides unrivalled insights into the massive hopes engendered by the supposed conquest of the air, and the ways in which these were so swiftly squandered. Aeronautical societies attempted to spark initiatives through 'juvenile' lectures. The initial pioneering efforts were in the form of trans-Atlantic flights by ex-RAF pilots, the journey of Smith brothers to Australia, and flights across Africa. The book discusses the efforts towards organising the civil aviation and propagation to serve the cause of air communication, and the reconnaissance mission of Alan Cobham and Sefton Brancker to negotiate over-flying and landing facilities. Empire route development took place in stages, starting with the Middle East before venturing to India and Africa. However, organised Empire aviation was alive only in the form of occasional news items and speeches. The book examines the stresses of establishing Britain's eastern airway, and the regularisation of air services to Africa. Criticisms on Imperial Airways due to its small fleet and the size subsidy, and the airline's airmail service are also dealt with. As part of reconfiguration, the airlines had to focus more on airmail, which also saw a curtailment of its independence. Imperial Airways was finally nationalised in 1938 as British Overseas Airways Corporation.
In the twenty years between the end of the First World War and the start of the Second, the French empire reached its greatest physical extent. At the end of the First World War, the priority of the French political community was to consolidate and expand the French empire for, inter alia, industrial mobilisation and global competition for strategic resources. The book revisits debates over 'associationism' and 'assimilationism' in French colonial administration in Morocco and Indochina, and discusses the Jonnart Law in Algeria and the role of tribal elites in the West African colonies. On the economy front, the empire was tied to France's monetary system, and most colonies were reliant on the French market. The book highlights three generic socio-economic issues that affected all strata of colonial society: taxation and labour supply, and urban development with regard to North Africa. Women in the inter-war empire were systematically marginalised, and gender was as important as colour and creed in determining the educational opportunities open to children in the empire. With imperialist geographical societies and missionary groups promoting France's colonial connection, cinema films and the popular press brought popular imperialism into the mass media age. The book discusses the four rebellions that shook the French empire during the inter-war years: the Rif War of Morocco, the Syrian revolt, the Yen Bay mutiny in Indochina, and the Kongo Wara. It also traces the origins of decolonisation in the rise of colonial nationalism and anti-colonial movements.