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Sol Plaatje and W.E.B.Du Bois
Laura Chrisman

tropes: ‘the Veil’ of Du Bois, and the ‘1913 Natives’ Land Act’ of South Africa. Plaatje belonged to a mission-educated class that had historically perceived the British Empire chapter5 21/12/04 96 11:16 am Page 96 Transnationalism and race as a system of liberal ‘equality’, epitomised in the colour-blind Cape franchise which allowed men of certain property or income to vote. The ‘liberties’ of this province sharply contrasted with the Boer republics of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State, which excluded African people from the franchise. But in 1910 British

in Postcolonial contraventions
South Africa in the post-imperial metropole
Laura Chrisman

British Empire. Other scholars have recently recognised the transnational, or (post)colonial, circuits of contemporary Englishness.5 Their approach construes this national culture as a version of neo-colonialism with the trappings of liberal cosmopolitanism. Graham Huggan’s account of the Booker Prize industry, and its invention of a ‘postcolonial exotic’, exemplifies this intellectual project. Huggan’s approach makes the metropolitan literary industry central to the production and circulation of Englishness.6 His analysis makes clear how its publication, adjudication

in Postcolonial contraventions
The tragedy (and comedy) of accelerated modernisation
Kieran Keohane and Carmen Kuhling

, what clues can we find that, in their ends (their goals), reveal the ends of contemporary forms of Irish life, and the end of Irish history? James Joyce’s interiors in Dubliners, especially and typically in the stories ‘The Sisters’, ‘The Boarding House’, ‘Clay’ and ‘The Dead’, are microcosmic representations of paralysis, darkness and death, the closed inner worlds characteristic of Dublin crushed and squeezed by the British Empire, the Holy Catholic Church, nationalism and commercialism.24 More recently, the London-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has provided a

in The end of Irish history?
Barbara Czarniawska

marking key documents with red tape helped to establish priority. The intention was to make the administration of the vast empire more efficient. It was not long before the British Empire imitated the idea,2 and by the end of the American Civil War, the practice had spread across the Western world. When Civil War veterans looked for their military records, they found them bound in a red ribbon (McAlpine, 2012). But long before that, the term acquired the opposite meaning: that of rigid conformity to formal rules that hinders or prevents action. As Charles Dickens (1849

in Overwhelmed by overflows?
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Seas, oceans and civilisations
Jeremy C.A. Smith

(Mancke, 1999: 230; Paine, 2013: 454). The Omani relationship with the British bears this point out. British agents were increasingly prominent in the Arabian Gulf and were able to funnel intelligence on Oman back to London. Knowing the empire well, the British were on a solid footing to negotiate with the Omani sovereign. Britain’s growing support for the abolition of slavery in international trade put it at odds with the slaving Omani Empire. While high officials of the British Empire walked a difficult diplomatic tightrope in negotiations with other powers about

in Debating civilisations
Alexis Heraclides and Ada Dialla

: Empire and International Relations in Nineteenth-Century Political Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), 118. See also E. P. Sullivan, ‘Liberalism and Imperialism: J. S. Mill’s Defense of the British Empire’, Journal of the History of Ideas , 44 (1983), 599, 605–17; B. Jahn, ‘Barbarian Thoughts: Imperialism in the Philosophy of John Stuart Mill’, Review of International Studies , 31 (2005), 599

in Humanitarian intervention in the long nineteenth century
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Joe Turner

domesticity, and ‘contribution’. It is this liberal and outwardly deracialised account of family that arguably organises who is properly ‘familial’ or ‘unfamilial’ – that is, who is sustained and fostered and who is dangerous and subject to exclusion and abandonment. For example, it is the treatment of women that distinguishes Muslim communities as ‘backwards’, and their inability to ‘evolve’ their kinship practices that marks these communities as suspect. As with family taxonomies under the British Empire, this reworks a civilisational tense, where people are racialised as

in Bordering intimacy
Rumours of bones and the remembrance of an exterminated people in Newfoundland - the emotive immateriality of human remains
John Harries

the colonial office. His job was to travel the extent of the British Empire in order to take photographs that would form the basis of a series of lectures, illustrated with lantern slides, which would serve to cultivate an ‘imperial attitude’ in the children of Britain and the British colonies.48 Fisher then came to St. John’s and took photographs of small fishing boats at the harbour and bigger schooners soon outward bound for the Labrador fishery. He also took photographs of ‘fish flakes’, the tables on which the spit cod was laid to dry, women spreading the fish

in Human remains in society
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Gareth Millward

these programmes. The medical civil service headed by the Ministry and the Scottish Office began to centralise immunisation policy further than it had done in previous decades. They did so within a global network of knowledge, coloured by the decline of the British Empire and the United Kingdom's new role in the international community. Britain's national interests therefore extended beyond the immediate medical and public health debates. Through a series of examples, this chapter explores how concerns over the nation were expressed. First, two outbreaks in England

in Vaccinating Britain
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Association and distinction in politics and religion
Rodney Barker

Norman French who seized power in England in 1066 felt no desire or need to amend their language or culture to that of those whom they now ruled, or to transform the language or culture of their subjects. The practice of the British Empire in India, by contrast, illustrates a very different, if complex and uncertain, relation between a ruling and a ruled culture. In mobilised societies rulers must be sufficiently like those whom they govern not to appear alien, but unlike them sufficiently to be justified in being in command. They need, in order to

in Cultivating political and public identity