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Writing imperial histories

Edited by Andrew Thompson

Writing imperial histories
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  • Publish Date: Aug 2013
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8600-7
    • Pages: 320
    • Price: £90.00
    • Published Date: August 2013
    • Series: Studies in Imperialism

    Description

    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.

    Reviews

    A fitting tribute to Professor MacKenzie's enormous contribution to modern imperial history. In the spirit of MacKenzie's expansive vision, this collection works both as a summation of his career and also as a stimulus to further research.'
    Saul Dubow, Professor of History, Sussex University

    Coincident attention to genealogy and innovative potential is the hallmark of this collection.
    Leonardi and Ward, among others, connect recent cutting-edge scholarship
    with its still-active ancestor: John M. MacKenzie, the founding editor of the Studies in
    Imperialism. The theme reappears subtly in Robert Aldrich's study of gender in empire,
    as he demonstrates that the series carved out a space for sexuality to be taken seriously
    as a point of historical investigation, and, more pointedly, when Dane Kennedy traces
    a clear path from early histories of exploration to the environmental histories now in
    vogue in the academy. In fact, the dual vantage points make this collection much more
    than a retrospective. While each of the essays elucidates the importance of past contributions
    to the eld, the assembled authors also propose compelling future paths of inquiry.

    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
    Index

    Editor

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

    Writing imperial histories

    Edited by Andrew Thompson

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