Exhibitions and the New Imperialism

Peter H. Hoffenberg

in An Empire on Display

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780520218918
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520922969 | DOI:
Exhibitions and the New Imperialism

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This chapter examines the relevance of exhibitions to British imperialism. It explains that exhibitions provided for a simultaneous and shared envisioning and for physical participation, in addition to the collective psychological and cultural processes of imagining the nation and empire. The chapter suggests that enthusiasm for exhibitions was also articulated across the Indian Ocean from the Australian colonies, and that exhibitions also offered intellectual, economic, and cultural sinews to tie together the vast leviathan of British India.

Keywords: exhibitions; British imperialism; shared envisioning; cultural processes; Australian colonies; British India

Chapter.  12245 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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