Commissioners and the State

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:
Commissioners and the State

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This chapter discusses the issues about power and commissioners in exhibitions in Great Britain. It explains that exhibition commissioners were the leading actors in the epic nineteenth-century drama of creating imperial and national public cultures. The state called upon these experts for science and art reforms, national education, and the management of public galleries, and they were among the first experts in Britain and its Empire to apply modern scientific, economic, and management techniques to the production of culture.

Keywords: exhibitions; commissioners; Great Britain; imperial culture; public culture; production of culture

Chapter.  14912 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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