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Author Porter, Bernard, author

Title The absent-minded imperialists : empire, society, and culture in Britain / Bernard Porter
Published Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 475 pages) : illustrations
Series Online access with JISC subscription agreement: ACLS Humanities E-Books
Contents Empire and society -- Participation -- The prefects -- The middle classes at school -- Trade, liberty, and empire : the middle classes to 1880 -- Not in front of the servants -- Culture and imperialism -- Peril and propaganda, c. 1900 -- What about the workers? -- Imperialists, other imperialists, and others -- Empire on condition, 1914-1940 -- Repercussions -- Recapitulation and conclusion -- Endnotes
Summary Kipling, Elgar, Mafeking Night ... all these conjure up an image of a British society besotted with imperial pride in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In fact the true picture was more complex than this and people reacted to their empire in different ways. Many were hardly aware of it at all. This lively book is the first study of the impact of the empire on British society and culture that looks beneath the surface to find out what people really thought, with some. surprising results. - ;The British empire was a huge enterprise. To foreigners it more or less defined Britain in
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 430-460) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Public opinion -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Imperialism -- Public opinion -- History -- 19th century.
Imperialism -- Public opinion -- History -- 20th century.
United Kingdom -- Colonies -- Public opinion -- History -- 20th century.
United Kingdom -- Colonies -- Public opinion -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004019735
ISBN 9780191513411 (electronic bk.)
0191513415 (electronic bk.)