Civilising Subjects: Colony and Metropole in the English Imagination, 1830-1867

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How did the English get to be English? In Civilising Subjects , Catherine Hall argues that the idea of empire was at the heart of mid-nineteenth-century British self-imagining, with peoples such as the "Aborigines" in Australia and the "negroes" in Jamaica serving as markers of difference separating "civilised" English from "savage" others. Hall uses the stories of two groups of Englishmen and -women to explore British self-constructions both in the colonies and at home. In Jamaica, a group of Baptist missionaries hoped ...

Civilising Subjects: Colony and Metropole in the English Imagination, 1830-1867 2002, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226313351

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