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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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Commissioners and the State

Commissioners and the State

Power and Controversy at the Exhibitions

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(p.63) 3 Commissioners and the State
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An Empire on Display
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Peter H. Hoffenberg

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520218918.003.0003

This chapter discusses the issues about power and commissioners in exhibitions in Great Britain. It explains that exhibition commissioners were the leading actors in the epic nineteenth-century drama of creating imperial and national public cultures. The state called upon these experts for science and art reforms, national education, and the management of public galleries, and they were among the first experts in Britain and its Empire to apply modern scientific, economic, and management techniques to the production of culture.

Keywords:   exhibitions, commissioners, Great Britain, imperial culture, public culture, production of culture

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