The Imperial Pilgrims' Progress

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 Imperial Pilgrims' Progress

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This chapter describes the ceremonies, tourism, and epic theater at the exhibitions of the British Empire. It describes Lord George Nathaniel Curzon's combination of state ceremony, traditional arts, and crafts, and a formal exhibition that highlighted the triumph of such forms and language in shaping and expressing public culture. The chapter suggests that these rituals of integration and education linked constituent parts and subjects of the Victorian and Edwardian Empire, and explains that exhibition ceremonies complemented other English and colonial rituals.

Keywords: exhibitions; British Empire; ceremonies; tourism; epic theater; George Nathaniel Curzon; public culture; English rituals; colonial rituals

Chapter.  12422 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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