Britain, the Empire, and the World at the Great Exhibition by Jeffrey A. Auerbach, Peter H. Hoffenberg

By Jeffrey A. Auerbach, Peter H. Hoffenberg

"Britain, the Empire, and the realm on the nice Exhibition" addresses the worldwide, foreign and imperial features of the Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851. This number of essays considers how and why the Exhibition used to be major either for its British hosts and their relationships to the broader global, and for contributors from all over the world. How did the Exhibition attach London, England, very important British colonies, and the sequence of vital engaging geographical regions, akin to Russia, Greece, Germany and the Ottoman Empire? How may we predict approximately shows, viewers and organizers in mild of what the Exhibition steered approximately Britain's position within the international community?Contributors from numerous educational disciplines resolution those and different questions by way of targeting the numerous shows, courses, viewers and organizers in Britain and in a foreign country. The essays extend the certainty of the meanings, roles and legacies of the good Exhibition for British society and the broader international, in addition to the ways in which that pivotal occasion formed Britain's and different engaging nation's understandings of and position in that nineteenth-century global. in contrast to different guides, this one emphasizes nationalism and internationalism, household and international concerns.

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See especially pp. 31–2. Mission Impossible: Globalization and the Great Exhibition 21 process of imperialist re-territorialization; a process which prioritized metropolitan gain, concealed the cost to the peripheries it created, and must be understood as a part of, not apart from, the robbery and violence Conrad would later associate with the scramble for Africa. 63 As the ‘Manifesto’ had it two years before, such demolishment was effected figuratively with the ‘heavy artillery’ of cheap commodities.

Whether they were melancholic or relieved by the prospect, representations of non-European peoples and their material cultures in 1851 suggest that for many Victorians the answer was no. 80 79 Cited in George Lamming, The Pleasures of Exile (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1992), p. 32. 80 In the light of recent moves in exhibition studies to point up the dialogical and fluid way in which identities were constructed and contested at world’s fairs, this concluding point appears somewhat reductive.

8. ), Art Apart: Art Institutions and Ideology across England and North America (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1994). , and his elegant friend Corinthia Tom, accompanied by Bob Logic, the Oxonian, in their rambles and sprees through the metropolis (London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1821), cited in Marriott, The Other Empire, p. 103. ), Unknown London.

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