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:

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This chapter discusses the relevance of exhibitions to British imperial culture and colonial nationalism. It explains that the popularity of the British monarchy, Australian explorers and bush figures, and Indian artisans and princes resulted in part from the cultural policy to create and preserve those historical fantasies at the exhibitions. The chapter argues that exhibitions were able to offer objects and activities of mass education and entertainment, and provided the public culture necessary for the participatory remaking of history, memory, and identities.

Keywords: exhibitions; British imperial culture; colonial nationalism; British monarchy; cultural policy; historical fantasies; public culture

Chapter.  1808 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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