Ornamentalism : How the British Saw Their Empire (Paperback)

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*Author: Cannadine, David *Subtitle: How the British Saw Their Empire *Publication Date: 2002/12/05 *Number of Pages: 288 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00


Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780195157949
SKU 31010358
Format Paperback
ISBN10 019515794X
Release Date 10/1/2002
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.5T
"David Cannadine's elegant essay on the contradictions of British imperialism has all the usual virtues of his work. No historian exceeds him in wit, acuity, or fluency; few are his equal in scholarship or sensitivity to evidence or language, which he formulates with finesse and utters with candor. He is free of the restraints of both fashion and tradition."
"[R]estores a dimension to British imperial history that deserves consideration, however reassuringly ludicrous it may make the whole thing appear."
"Cannadine is exploring an angle of vision, not delivering a final verdict. In doing so, he displays all his characteristic virtues: the appetite to seize a large and controversial topic, the energy to synthesize a vast amount of published research about it, the ability to open it up afresh with a big, challenging, organizing idea, the clarity and vigour of exposition to make it available to a broad public.This is history meant to matter to the self-comprehension and self-definition of a people, but its central argument is questionable to an even greater extent than it's author's dexterity in anticipating criticism allows."
"[A] subtle and learned retrieval of [England's] imperial history."
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Editors Note With the return of Hong Kong to the Chinese government in 1997, the empire that had lasted three hundred years and "upon which the sun never set" finally lost its hold on the world and slipped into history. But the question of how we understand the British Empire--its origins, nature, purpose, and effect on the world it ruled--is far from settled. In this incisive work, David Cannadine looks at the British Empire from a new perspective--through the eyes of those who created and ruled it--and offers fresh insight into the driving forces behind the Empire. Arguing against the views of Edward Said and others, Cannadine suggests that the British were motivated not only by race, but also by class. The British wanted to domesticate the exotic world of their colonies and to reorder the societies they ruled according to an idealized image of their own class hierarchies.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0288
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA

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