Colonial Lives Across the British Empire Imperial Careering in the Long Nineteenth Century

ISBN-10: 0521612373
ISBN-13: 9780521612371
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/10/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 396
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

This volume uses a series of portraits of 'imperial lives' in order to rethink the history of the British Empire in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It tells the stories of men and women who dwelt for extended periods in one colonial space before moving on to dwell in others, developing 'imperial careers'. These men and women consist of four colonial governors, two governors' wives, two missionaries, a nurse/entrepreneur, a poet/civil servant and a mercenary. Leading scholars of colonialism guide the reader through the ways that these individuals made the British Empire, and the ways that the empire made them. Their life histories constituted meaningful connections across the empire that facilitated the continual reformulation of imperial discourses, practices and cultures. Together, their stories help us to re-imagine the geographies of the British Empire and to destabilize the categories of metropole and colony.

Introduction: Imperial spaces, imperial subjects
Clansman, conquistador and colonizer on the fringes of the British Empire
A blister on the imperial Antipodes: Lancelot Edward Threlkeld in Polynesia and Australia
Missionary Politics and the Captive Audience: William Shrewsbury in the Caribbean and the Cape Colony
Irish liberalism tempered by empire
George Grey in Ireland: Narrative and network
'Wonderful adventures of Mrs. Seacole in many lands' (1857): Colonial identity and the geographical imagination
Inter-colonial migration and the refashioning of indentured labour: Arthur Gordon in Trinidad
Sir John Pope Hennessy and colonial government: Humanitarianism and the translation of slavery in the imperial network
Sunshine and Sorrows: Canada, Ireland
Mary Curzon: 'American Queen of India'
Making Scotland in South Africa
Epilogue: Imperial careering at home
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