Empire and mobility in the long nineteenth century

Edited by David Lambert and Peter Merriman

Empire and mobility in the long nineteenth century


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  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2638-2
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: June 2020
  • BIC Category: Humanities / Social & cultural history, Mathematics & science / History of science, History, Modern History, Historical Geography, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism, HISTORY / Historical Geography, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


Mobility was central to imperialism, from the human movements entailed in exploration, travel and migration to the information, communications and commodity flows vital to trade, science, governance and military power. While historians have written on exploration, commerce, imperial transport and communications networks, and the movements of slaves, soldiers and scientists, few have reflected upon the social, cultural, economic and political significance of mobile practices, subjects and infrastructures that underpin imperial networks, or examined the qualities of movement valued by imperial powers and agents at different times. This collection explores the intersection of debates on imperial relations, colonialism and empire with emerging work on mobility. In doing this, it traces how the movements of people, representations and commodities helped to constitute the British empire from the late-eighteenth century through to the Second World War.


'Written in a highly accessible style, Lambert and Merriman finely point out the interconnections between research on mobilities and imperial histories. Through such positioning, the book argues that rigorous historical research can advance mobilities scholarship and shows that there is already much that mobility scholars may learn from histories of the empire. [...] I do hope that the volume finds its way to the hands of many students of history and geography as well as those of scholars of mobility more generally.'
Johanna Skurnik, Journal of British Studies


1 Empire and mobility: an introduction - David Lambert and Peter Merriman
2 Military print culture, knowledge and terrain: knowledge mobility and eighteenth-century military colonialism - Huw J. Davies
3 A contested vision of empire: anonymity, authority, and mobility in the reception of William Macintosh's Travels in Europe, Asia, and Africa (1782) - Innes M. Keighren
4 The art of travel in the name of science: mobility and erasure in the art of Flinders's Australian voyage, 1801-3 - Sarah Thomas
5 'On their own element': nineteenth-century seamen's missions and merchant seamen's mobility - Justine Atkinson
6 'Easy chair geography': the fabrication of an immobile culture of nineteenth-century exploration - Natalie Cox
7 Consorting with 'others': vagrancy laws and unauthorised mobility across colonial borders in New Zealand from 1877 to 1900 - Catharine Coleborne
8 Trekking around Upper Burma: Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe's exploration of the frontier districts, 1903 - Nuala C. Johnson
9 Reading the skies, writing mobility: on the road with a colonial meteorologist - Martin Mahony
10 Grounded: the limits of British imperial aeromobility - Liz Millward
11 Afterword: westward the course of empire takes its way - Tim Cresswell


David Lambert is Professor of History at the University of Warwick

Peter Merriman is Professor of Geography at Aberystwyth University

Empire and mobility in the long nineteenth century

Edited by David Lambert, Peter Merriman

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