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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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Consumers, Producers, and Markets

Consumers, Producers, and Markets

The Political Economy of Imperial Federation

(p.99) 4 Consumers, Producers, and Markets
An Empire on Display

Peter H. Hoffenberg

University of California Press

This chapter examines the relevance of exhibitions to the political economy of the British imperial federation. It explains that Australian and Indian commissioners, exhibitors, and businessmen shared an enthusiasm for commercial displays, while colonial participants were optimistic about the imperial economic advantages which could be gained by exhibiting. The chapter suggests that participation in the political economy of the Empire was the first step for the Australians and Indians in creating their own political economies.

Keywords:   exhibitions, political economy, British imperial federation, commissioners, exhibitors, businessmen, Australians, Indians

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