A New Imperial History: Culture, Identity and Modernity in Britain and the Empire, 1660-1840

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Kathleen Wilson, Wilson Kathleen
Cambridge University Press, Jun 17, 2004 - History - 385 pages
This pioneering collection of essays charts an exciting new field in British studies, 'the new imperial history'. Leading scholars from history, literature and cultural studies tackle problems of identity, modernity and difference in eighteenth-century Britain and the empire. They examine, from interdisciplinary perspectives, the reciprocal influences of empire and culture, the movements of peoples, practices and ideas effected by slavery, diaspora and British dominance, and ways in which subaltern, non-western and non-elite people shaped British power and knowledge. The essays move through Britain, America, India, Africa and the South Pacific in testament to the networks of people, commodities and entangled pasts forged by Britain's imperial adventures. Based on ground-breaking research, these analyses of the imperial dimensions of British culture and identities in global contexts will challenge the notion that empire was something that happened 'out there', and they demonstrate its long-lasting implications for British identity and everyday life.
 

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Contents

Women and the fiscalimperial state in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries
29
An entertainment of oddities fashionable sociability and the Pacific in the 1770s
48
The theatre of empire racial counterfeit racial realism
71
Asians in Britain negotiations of identity through selfrepresentation
91
PROMISED LANDS IMPERIAL ASPIRATIONS AND PRACTICE
113
Rescuing the age from a charge of ignorance gentility knowledge and the British exploration of Africa in the later eighteenth century
115
Liberal empire and illiberal trade the political economy of responsible government in early British India
136
Green and pleasant lands England and the Holy Land in plebeian millenarian culture c 17901820
155
The Green Atlantic radical reciprocities between Ireland and America in the long eighteenth century
216
Brave Wolfe the making of a hero
239
Ethnicity in the British Atlantic world 16881830
260
ENGLISHNESS GENDER AND THE ARTS OF DISCOVERY
279
Writing home and crossing cultures George Bogle in Bengal and Tibet 17701775
281
Decoding the nameless gender subjectivity and historical methodologies in reading the archives of colonial India
297
Ornament and use Mai and Cook in London
317
Thinking back gender misrecognition and Polynesian subversions aboard the Cook voyages
345

Protestant evangelicalism British imperialism and Crusonian identity
176
TIME IDENTITY AND ATLANTIC INTERCULTURE
195
Time and revolution in African America temporality and the history of Atlantic slavery
197

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Kathleen Wilson is Professor of History at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

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