From the Everyday to the Imperial<sup>*</sup>

Peter Robb

in Sentiment and Self

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780198075127
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080878 | DOI:
From the Everyday to the Imperial*

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This chapter reveals the practical ambitions of Richard Blechynden for his children and their underlying motivation and the character of his ideals, which his children and their children were able to fulfil. It considers various diaries and the concepts of law, order, misrule, and Englishness. The Blechynden's diaries invite people to consider changing or constant concepts of the self. They also challenge stereotypes of ethnicity. The chapter concludes by citing James Thomson's poem, figuratively describing Richard Blechynden's life in India and Britain.

Keywords: Richard Blechynden; Blechynden's diaries; law; order; misrule; Englishness

Chapter.  10223 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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