Imperial and National Taxonomies

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:
Imperial and National Taxonomies

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This chapter examines the entertainment, education, and policing of visitors to the exhibitions of the British Empire. It explains that the influx of unprecedented numbers of visitors necessitated the implementation of new strategies of intellectual and social order to provide control, comprehension, and imperial and national meanings and order. This task was accomplished by exhibition commissioners by organizing the visitors into social taxonomies and painting collective portraits of those who came from all parts of the world.

Keywords: exhibitions; entertainment; education; policing; British Empire; social order; national meanings; social taxonomies; collective portraits

Chapter.  16138 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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