The Exhibition Wallahs

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:
The Exhibition Wallahs

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This chapter describes the commissioners of exhibitions in Great Britain and the role of exhibitions in the production of imperial knowledge. It explains that cultural experts and the events themselves created, institutionalized, and diffused imperial knowledge in the forms of material culture and ideas in England, India, and Australia. In doing this at popular expositions, the commissioners were able to legitimate the ideas and practices of empire and their own status at home and abroad.

Keywords: exhibitions; commissioners; Great Britain; imperial knowledge; material culture; ideas; England; India; Australia

Chapter.  12707 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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