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An Empire on Display: English, Indian, and Australian Exhibitions from the Crystal Palace to the Great War

Peter Hoffenberg


The grand exhibitions of the Victorian and Edwardian eras are the lens through which this book examines the economic, cultural, and social forces that helped define Britain and the British Empire. The author focuses on major exhibitions in England, Australia, and India between the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the Festival of Empire sixty years later, taking special interest in the interactive nature of the exhibition experience, the long-term consequences for the participants and host societies, and the ways in which such popular gatherings revealed dissent as well as celebration. He shows how ... More

Keywords: exhibitions, Festival of Empire, British Empire, participatory imperial world, commercial goods, working machines, ethnographic scenes, national political communities, tradition, social order

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520218918
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520218918.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Hoffenberg, author