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Cultural readings of race, imperialism and transnationalism

This book analyses black Atlantic studies, colonial discourse analysis and postcolonial theory, providing paradigms for understanding imperial literature, Englishness and black transnationalism. Its concerns range from the metropolitan centre of Conrad's Heart of Darkness to fatherhood in Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk; from the marketing of South African literature to cosmopolitanism in Achebe; and from utopian discourse in Parry to Jameson's theorisation of empire.

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A New Naval History brings together the most significant and interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary naval history. The last few decades have witnessed a transformation in how this topic is researched and understood, and this volume captures the state of a field that continues to develop apace. It examines – through the prism of naval affairs – issues of nationhood and imperialism; the legacy of Nelson; the sociocultural realities of life in ships and naval bases; and the processes of commemoration, journalism and stage-managed pageantry that plotted the interrelationship of ship and shore. This bold and original publication will be essential for undergraduate and postgraduate students of naval and maritime history. Beyond that, though, it marks an important intervention into wider historiographies that will be read by scholars from across the spectrum of social history, cultural studies and the analysis of national identity.

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Metabiographical method
Justin D. Livingstone

Livingstone has long been considered part of the ‘prelude to imperialism’, 11 but he is now also discussed in the context of ‘imperial literature’ and the genesis of the ‘dark continent’ mythos. 12 Social anthropologists, moreover, particularly Isaac Schapera, have paid close attention to Livingstone’s ethnographic observations about local African life in various regions

in Livingstone’s ‘Lives’
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John M. Mackenzie

literature, the ephemera issued by commercial companies and mission societies remained little changed from their pre-war guise, and all continued to convey an imperial message. The cinema found the adventure tradition of imperial literature congenial to treatment on celluloid. The British documentary film movement, for all its alleged left-wing commitment, in fact had its origins in an imperial propagandist

in Propaganda and Empire
Popular imperialism in Britain, continuities and discontinuities over two centuries
John M. MacKenzie

across the empire. While there are many ambiguities present in all this imperial literature, certain values are prominent. They include worship of the work ethic, ‘manliness’ and masculinity, patriotism, loyalty to Queen, King, country and empire, duty, self-discipline and the potential for sacrifice. It seems hard to believe that the readership failed to recognise that these were the ideals of the

in European empires and the people
Race, indigenous naval recruitment and British colonialism, 1934–41
Daniel Owen Spence

”, and “Britons never shall be slaves” … we just felt that Britain was invincible’.57 Commissioner Cardinall devised another way in which to culturally ground this sentiment, by starting the Trafalgar Day school essay competition in 1935, which like imperial literature, encouraged Caymanian youths to admire and emulate the chivalric qualities encapsulated by British naval heroes such as Horatio Nelson. One child again echoed ‘Rule Britannia’ by asserting that: ‘when we study the lives of such men as Lord Nelson, we are proud to know that we form a part of the British

in A new naval history
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India in history textbooks
Kathryn Castle

‘horrors’ – scenes of ‘Englishmen and women slaughtered like sheep ... hacked and mutilated’. In summoning appropriate fear and revulsion from the younger reader, authors designated Sahib a ‘monster’, the ‘fiend in human shape’. 26 The ‘energising myths’ of imperial literature, identified by Martin Green, have their counterparts in the writings of the textbook historians. The

in Britannia’s children
Missionary children inhabiting literary spaces
Hugh Morrison

, the idea of an imperial textual commons highlights an international community of readers brought together through a mutually shared and multi-lateral print network. We now have a very good sense of how the British Empire was ‘sustained by a fundamental mobility of people, commodities, capital and information, and by novel technologies of global communication’. 10 With respect to imperial literature

in Protestant missionary children’s lives, c.1870–1950
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Britain and the Ionian Islands, 1815–64
Leslie Rogne Schumacher

islands, see Shannon, Gladstone , 367–73. 101 Matthew, Gladstone 1809–1898 , 165–6. 102 On the connection between imperial power and anxiety, see Daniel Binova, British Imperial Literature 1870–1940: Writing and the Administration of Empire

in Imperial expectations and realities
Colonialism in the photographs and letters of the young cosmopolitan Carl Heinrich Becker, 1900–2
Ulf Morgenstern

circumspect tactics, managed to defeat the Carthagian general Hannibal in the Second Punic War and was initially maligned for his ‘hesitant’ approach to warfare. Familiar with imperial literature of his time, Becker was citing Steevens, With Kitchener to Khartum . 33 Manuel Köppen, ‘Im Krieg mit dem Fremden: Barbarentum und Kulturkampf’, in Alexander Honold and Oliver Simons (eds

in Savage worlds