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Introduction: The Cultural Work of Empire

Carol Watts

in The Cultural Work of Empire

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625642
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671717 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625642.003.0001
Introduction: The Cultural Work of Empire

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Thomas Turner liked being part of the ebb and flow of a wider literate culture, and had a sense of the formation of his own opinion to which the self-authorship of the diary is testimony. The interesting part about the account of wartime fortunes in Turner's journal is how far his views ventriloquate the saws of wider public opinion. Liberation is already evident in the rhetoric of Turner's diary. The Seven Years' War is generally considered a conflict in which domestic consent was easily won, not least because it was the only war of the century in which overseas trade expanded. The cultural work of empire was a work of both love and death. This book addresses the cultural work of empire in mid-eighteenth-century Britain. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: cultural work; empire; Britain; Thomas Turner; liberation; Seven Years' War; overseas trade

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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