At Home with the Empire: Metropolitan Culture and the by Catherine Hall, Sonya O. Rose

By Catherine Hall, Sonya O. Rose

This pioneering quantity addresses the query of the way Britain's empire used to be lived via daily practices - in church and chapel, by way of readers at domestic, as embodied in sexualities or varieties of citizenship, as narrated in histories - from the eighteenth century to the current. best historians discover the imperial adventure and legacy for these positioned, bodily or imaginatively, 'at home,' from the impression of empire on structures of womanhood, masculinity and sophistication to its impression in shaping literature, sexuality, visible tradition, intake and history-writing. They check how humans concept imperially, no longer within the experience of political affiliations for or opposed to empire, yet easily assuming it used to be there, a part of the given global that had made them who they have been. in addition they convey how empire turned a contentious concentration of cognizance at definite moments and specifically methods. this may be crucial studying for students and scholars of recent Britain and its empire.

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94 Furthermore, to be ‘at home’ with the Empire is to imagine the imperial world under control by the metropole and a state of affairs that one can and does ‘live with’. But that sense of being in control is persistently haunted by the consequences of the violence upon which that control is based. 95 As Rosemary Marangoly George has put it, ‘ultimately . . distance in itself becomes difference’. As a home place, a place that was thoroughly familiar, it was imagined to be essentially impervious to the Empire of which it was a part.

This book’s perspective The authors writing in this volume have come to questions of metropole and colony variously influenced by feminism, Marxism and postcolonialism. The inspiration to engage with imperial history came from feminist politics and the politics of race both in the UK and the USA from the 1980s. Questions of class had been made more complex by gender. The category of gender was disrupted in its turn as issues of race and ethnicity became increasingly pressing in British society.

The Oxford History of the British Empire, vol. V: Historiography (Oxford, 1999), 7. ), New Imperial History, 297–316. 38 C AT H E R I N E H A L L the traumatic emotional loss of his two beloved younger sisters, Margaret and Hannah, who he had hoped would be his intimate companions for life. Both chose to marry, a loss which was then compounded by the untimely death of Margaret from scarlet fever. Experiencing a deep loneliness and finding that his chief consolation lay in books, he began to think that a literary career would be more satisfying than a political one.

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