War, ethnography and religion

Jennifer Mori

in The Culture of Diplomacy

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780719082726
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702703 | DOI:
War, ethnography and religion

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Connections can be traced between the social, political, national and imperial identities of British public men during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Government documents, whether colonial or diplomatic, are formulaic texts in which men are anxious to present themselves in the best possible light, and the private papers produced by men and women say little about wider constructions of truth and identity. The spiritual memoirs of the nineteenth century thus stand apart from the more ‘conventional’ travel or embassy memoirs of the earlier period. It illustrates a gradual shift in British attitudes towards Europe and the wider world whereby the ‘laissez-faire’ assumptions of informal empire slowly give way to a more custodial sense of international power and responsibility.

Keywords: ethnography; spiritual memoirs; international power; imperial identities; embassy memoir

Chapter.  10639 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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