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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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The Exhibition Wallahs

The Exhibition Wallahs

Commissioners and the Production of Imperial Knowledge

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An Empire on Display

Peter H. Hoffenberg

University of California Press

This chapter describes the commissioners of exhibitions in Great Britain and the role of exhibitions in the production of imperial knowledge. It explains that cultural experts and the events themselves created, institutionalized, and diffused imperial knowledge in the forms of material culture and ideas in England, India, and Australia. In doing this at popular expositions, the commissioners were able to legitimate the ideas and practices of empire and their own status at home and abroad.

Keywords:   exhibitions, commissioners, Great Britain, imperial knowledge, material culture, ideas, England, India, Australia

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