way in which the British elite
freely mixed elements from a variety of cultures in their houses in
order to demonstrate their cosmopolitan tastes. 3 This process of cultural
interchange was not generic, for it related to Britain’s imperial
interactions with the world in this era. An inventory of Felbrigg Hall
in Norfolk from 1771, for example, lists ‘14 Mahogany
chairs’, ‘a very fine India Screen
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constitutionalism and loyalty to the British Empire. As a cosmopolitan
writer, activist, and intellectual, Peregrino understood himself as
being simultaneously ‘native’ and British and consequently
made sense of his political and cultural universe in an idiom of
Britishness and imperial citizenship.
This chapter focuses on the intermediaries of empire, on
Western-educated respectables , who made and were made by the
The streets of Liverpool during the
emigrant season present stirring spectacles of cosmopolitan
animation, and the city itself is the temporary resting place of
visitors from all parts of the hemisphere. Russians, suspicious
and sullen, . . . Finns and Poles, men of fierce and haughty
The 'Indian Room' label from Osterley's bell-pull system illustrates the economic and cultural aspects of the relationship between country houses and the British Empire. This book is a study of that relationship, of the ways in which country houses like Osterley served as venues for the expression of personal and national imperial engagement between 1700 and 1930. A rare scholarly analysis of the history of country houses that goes beyond an architectural or biographical study, and recognises their importance as the physical embodiments of imperial wealth and reflectors of imperial cultural influences, is presented. The book assesses the economic and cultural links between country houses and the Empire. In terms of imperial values, country houses expressed both the economic and cultural impact of empire. Carr and Gladstone were only two of the many examples of colonial merchants who turned landed magnates. Nabobs - men who made their fortunes either as employees of the East India Company or as 'free traders' in India - were willing to risk their lives in pursuit of wealth. Like nabobs, planters went to the colonies in search of wealth and were prepared to spend substantial time there in order to accumulate it. Military and naval were among categories of people who purchased landed estates with imperial wealth. The book identifies four discourses of empire - commodities, cosmopolitanism, conquest and collecting - that provided the basic categories in which empire was represented in country-house context.
Mass photography, monarchy and the making of colonial subjects
communications, forged a cosmopolitan or ‘transnational’ sense of community in elite colonial circles.
A rising number of middle-class Europeans as well as a minority of wealthy, Indigenous Indonesians were able to participate in what Dutch historian Ulbe Bosma has referred to as a ‘colonial migration circuit’.
A similar situation has been described for other multi-ethnic, multi-religious European empires in this period.
latent Calvinism, befitting the son of the manse that he was, and a
strong Scottish romanticism, culled from, amongst other sources, a
life-long devotion to Sir Walter Scott. Buchan’s public life
was imbued with these influences. His imperial outlook was that of a
progressive conservative with a cosmopolitan sympathy held back, but
only just, by his respect for tradition and stability. As Buchan
In order to illustrate the different ways in which friendships were instrumentalised and understood, I discuss two specific types of friendly act: first, club-to-club connections developed with Rotary and WI members living overseas and, second, the hospitality offered to overseas students within Britain. Through these case studies I hope to contribute not only to discussions about affect and imperialism, but also to debates about the tensions between cosmopolitanism and isolationism in post-imperial Britain. Scholarship on race relations and
Working-class white women, interracial relationships and colonial ideologies in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Liverpool
cosmopolitan city within which
interracial relationships will be positioned. Secondly, a parallel
contextualisation will be considered through an examination of
historical notions of ‘race’ including pseudo-scientific
race theories and eugenics. Thirdly, the chapter will examine the
conditions within which interracial relationships were facilitated
throughout this period. Finally, the focus will shift to those
produced the men who ran the empire can be retained with a different slant to prepare the best human material to head the world in commerce, opportunities are both challenging and boundless. 1
Chislett's speech serves as an important reminder of where we might look when seeking to understand the domestic impact of decolonisation. As with many of the towns and villages that I have touched upon in this book, Rotherham was not a conspicuously cosmopolitan place. A medium
The Dutch colonial world during Queen Wilhelmina’s reign,
aeroplanes were used less for people than for transporting mail, but nonetheless it was the beginning of mass air travel. Ulbe Bosma has estimated that in any given year in the 1930s, there were up to 30,000 East Indies people in the Netherlands.
Scholars of the Dutch world have demonstrated the cosmopolitan, transnational identities and social networks that elites who travelled the ‘colonial migration circuit’ between the Netherlands and its colonies were able to cultivate in this period.