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Barbados, 1937–66

This book examines the processes of nation building in the British West Indies. It argues that nation building was a complex and messy affair, involving women and men in a range of social and cultural activities, in a variety of migratory settings, within a unique geo-political context. Taking as a case study Barbados, which, in the 1930s, was the most economically impoverished, racially divided, socially disadvantaged and politically conservative of the British West Indian colonies, the book tells the messy, multiple stories of how a colony progressed to a nation. It tells all sides of the independence story.

Nora’s Lieux de Mémoire across an imperial world
Dominik Geppert and Frank Lorenz Müller

memory and will receive further attention in this volume, other comparative and analytical potentials have not yet been fully gauged. By utilising the conceptional tools provided by Pierre Nora’s notion of lieux de mémoire and connecting this perspective with the history of empire this volume seeks to chart an important field. It presents imperial history as a history of

in Sites of imperial memory
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Mapping the tyranny
Richard Philips

Burton’s call to bring the domestic and imperial sites of sexuality politics ‘into the same field of debate’, 79 and Edward Said’s to chart the ‘overlapping territories’ and ‘intertwined historiesof empire 80 – calls that, as Derek Gregory has recently noted, have generally fallen on deaf ears. 81 The comparative methodology of this book is not isolated, of course: Levine’s work on prostitution, Elleke Boehmer’s and Alan Lester’s on anti-colonial resistance, Jane Jacobs’s on cities, and Deirdre Coleman’s on women

in Sex, politics and empire

New Zealand’s Empire revises and expands received histories of empire and imperialism. In the study of the imperial past, both colonial and postcolonial approaches have often asserted the dualism of core and periphery, with New Zealand as on the ‘edge’ or as a ‘periphery’. This book critically revises and makes complex our understandings of the range of ways that New Zealand has played a role as an ‘imperial power’, including the cultural histories of New Zealand inside the British empire, engagements with imperial practices and notions of imperialism, the special significance of New Zealand in the Pacific region, and the circulation of the ideas of empire both through and inside New Zealand over time. It departs from earlier studies of both imperial and national histories by taking a new approach: seeing New Zealand as both powerful as an imperial envoy, and as having its own sovereign role in Pacific nations - as well as in Australia and Antarctica - but also through its examination of the manifold ways in which New Zealanders both look back at and comment on their relationships with the ‘empire’ over time. In separate essays that span social, cultural, political and economic history, contributors test the concept of ‘New Zealand’s Empire’, taking new directions in both historiographical and empirical research.

Charles V. Reed

scholars in the fields of African, South Asian, and Australasian history (who have as much of a claim on doing a history of empire as British scholars). British imperial history has likewise been influenced and reshaped by scholars of the former colonies of settlement, many of whom have embraced the notion of a British World. The dialectic of collaboration/resistance has been largely rejected and the role of

in Royal tourists, colonial subjects and the making of a British world, 1860–1911
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Family legacies: after abolition
Katie Donington

, particularly within the context of mass events like transatlantic slavery. This construction is useful in relation to a country like Britain, which has consistently chosen either imperial nostalgia or imperial forgetting as a way of disavowing the troubling aspects of its history of empire. 19 A refusal to understand and acknowledge the complicated ways in which transatlantic slavery

in The bonds of family
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Conflict, media and displacement in the twenty-first century
Kirsten Forkert, Federico Oliveri, Gargi Bhattacharyya and Janna Graham

military intervention. A similar interpretation occurs also in the coverage of Libya, in relation to his rapidly changing relations with the country and its former leader Gaddafi. In Italy, this focus on the flawed personalities of ‘great men’ also overshadows any other deeper explanation of ongoing wars. 4. Mainstream media coverage offers almost no route to understanding histories of Empire, i.e. colonialism and neo-colonialism, as a factor in contemporary conflicts and the management of human displacement. In addition, asylum seekers and refugees feel that British

in How media and conflicts make migrants
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John M. MacKenzie

sociological constituents.14 This work, by sociologists, geographers and others, is of great importance, but it would require several synoptic works to bring all these analyses together. Yet again, the intention here is different. In addition, the book clearly cannot presume to be in any sense a political history of empire. Some understanding of parallel political developments has been taken as read, although there will be some signposts on the way. Moreover, the approach of postcolonial historians, architectural historians and commentators, which tends to be jargon

in The British Empire through buildings
Catherine Baker

centre of south-east European studies (Chang and Rucker-Chang (eds) 2013 ), revealing connections that tie it into the global history of race. Ottoman imperial rule and transnational histories of empire For many historians, the centrality of migration to nation formation is what distinguishes the Balkans as a region (Mazower 2002 : 53). Many south-east European national mythologies, as articulated since the nineteenth century, date ethnogenesis to the sixth to eighth centuries for South Slavs, or the ninth for Magyars; Greek

in Race and the Yugoslav region
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John M. MacKenzie

British empire sinks beyond the historical horizon, the need to place it in the wider history of empires, both European and global, recent and more distant, has become obvious. 6 This Series has certainly contributed to (although the degree of that contribution may be open to debate) the major intellectual movements in history and related disciplines (that is not intended to imply any

in Writing imperial histories