Writing imperial histories

Writing imperial histories

by Andrew Thompson (Editor)


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This book appraises the critical contribution of the Studies in Imperialism series to the writing of imperial histories as the series passes its 100th publication. The volume brings together some of the most distinguished scholars writing today to explore the major intellectual trends in Imperial history, with a particular focus on the cultural readings of empire that have flourished over the last generation. When the Studies in Imperialism series was founded, the discipline of Imperial history was at what was probably its lowest ebb. A quarter of a century on, there has been a tremendous broadening of the scope of what the study of empire encompasses. Essays in the volume consider ways in which the series and the wider historiography have sought to reconnect British and imperial histories; to lay bare the cultural expressions and registers of colonial power; and to explore the variety of experiences the home population derived from the empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719096792
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2014
Series: Studies in Imperialism
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Andrew S. Thompson is Professor of Modern History, University of Exeter

Table of Contents

Introduction – Andrew Thompson
1. The MacKenziean moment in retrospect (or how one hundred volumes bloomed) – Stuart Ward
2. The power of culture and the cultures of power: John MacKenzie and the study of imperialism – Cherry Leonardi
3. Sex matters: Sexuality and the writing of colonial history – Robert Aldrich
4. Exploration, the environment, and empire – Dane Kennedy
5. Spatial concepts and the historical geographies of British colonialism – Alan Lester
6. Policing the colonial crowd: Patterns of policing in the European empires during the Depression years – Martin Thomas
7. Whatever Happened to the Third British Empire?: Empire, nation redux – Mrinalini Sinha
8. Media, India and the Raj – Chandrika Kaul
9. Empires, diasporas and cultural circulation – Sunil Amrith
10. Decolonisation, space and power: Immigration, welfare and housing in Britain and France, 1945–74 – Jim House and Andrew Thompson
Afterword – John Mackenzie

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