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An Empire on DisplayEnglish, Indian, and Australian Exhibitions from the Crystal Palace to the Great War$
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Peter Hoffenberg

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520218918

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520218918.001.0001

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Exhibitions and the New Imperialism

Exhibitions and the New Imperialism

(p.1) 1 Exhibitions and the New Imperialism
An Empire on Display

Peter H. Hoffenberg

University of California Press

This chapter examines the relevance of exhibitions to British imperialism. It explains that exhibitions provided for a simultaneous and shared envisioning and for physical participation, in addition to the collective psychological and cultural processes of imagining the nation and empire. The chapter suggests that enthusiasm for exhibitions was also articulated across the Indian Ocean from the Australian colonies, and that exhibitions also offered intellectual, economic, and cultural sinews to tie together the vast leviathan of British India.

Keywords:   exhibitions, British imperialism, shared envisioning, cultural processes, Australian colonies, British India

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