The cultural construction of the British world

Barry James CROSBIE (Editor), Mark HAMPTON (Editor)

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This book brings together original research by eleven distinguished historians who explore the cultural factors that helped to build and sustain a British world-system between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. Taking an expansive view of culture, the book considers such ranging topics as images of nakedness, transnational networks, visions of capitalism, and household possessions. Collectively, these chapters demonstrate that the British world's flourishing depended upon far more than such material factors as military power, demographics and economics.

The book investigates a wide geographical range, including both the formal empire and areas of British informal influence, with chapters on India, Canton, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Sierra Leone, the Ottoman Empire and the West Indies. In doing so, it argues for a cultural British world transcending the settler colonies that have been the focus of much recent scholarship. Significantly, the book places such activity within a wider imperial framework, emphasising the interaction between contemporaneous empires in a way that repositions the history of the British world in a broader global context. The cultural construction of the British world will be crucial reading for scholars of the British Empire, globalisation and transnationalism. Copyright © 2015 Manchester University Press.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781784996291
ISBN (Print)9780719097898
Publication statusPublished - 2015


Crosbie, B., & Hampton, M. (Eds.). (2015). The cultural construction of the British world. Manchester: Manchester University Press.


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