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

By Jeffrey A. Auerbach

Britain, the Empire, and the area on the nice Exhibition is the 1st publication to situate the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851 in a really worldwide context. Addressing nationwide, imperial, and overseas issues, this choice of essays considers the importance of the Exhibition either for its British hosts and their relationships to the broader global, and for members from worldwide. How did the Exhibition attach London, England, very important British colonies, and important engaging geographical regions together with Russia, Greece, Germany and the Ottoman Empire? How could we predict concerning the indicates, viewers and organizers in mild of what the Exhibition instructed approximately Britain’s position within the worldwide group? participants from quite a few educational disciplines resolution those and different questions by means of concentrating on the numerous indicates, courses, viewers and organizers in Britain and in other places. The essays extend our figuring out of the meanings, roles and legacies of the nice Exhibition for British society and the broader international, in addition to the ways in which this pivotal occasion formed Britain’s and different partaking nations’ conceptions of and destinations in the wider nineteenth-century international.

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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.

If what follows this footnote in the main body of the essay supports Stocking’s argument, what has preceded it throws into question, at least at a rhetorical level, the proposal that free trade was a global order aimed explicitly and exclusively at civilized society. 67 Wallerstein, p. 78. 68 Auerbach, p. 159. Mission Impossible: Globalization and the Great Exhibition 23 aboriginals from Australasia, were objectified at once as amusing and threatening incongruities. 69 Providing a counter to the nervous excitement such commentary generated, as well as correctly realizing that the occasion of the display would not see London overrun by exotic peoples, The Family Herald poured scorn on such enthusiasm.

62 Whether at a global or a local level, uneven development is capitalism’s hallmark, and the decimated landscape of mid-nineteenth-century Ireland bore witness to the fact that industrial capitalist penetration exploited and starved peoples whatever the colour of their skins, and however close they were situated to the Victorian metropolis. Late Victorian Holocausts is an analysis of the way in which free trade economics, industrial capitalism and climate combined in order to decimate tropical humanity, but in it Davis draws useful comparisons between the imperial practices and discriminatory mindset bound up with famine, whether it occurred in sub-Saharan Africa or Ireland.

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