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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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Imperial and National Taxonomies

Imperial and National Taxonomies

Entertaining and Policing Exhibition Visitors

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An Empire on Display

Peter H. Hoffenberg

University of California Press

This chapter examines the entertainment, education, and policing of visitors to the exhibitions of the British Empire. It explains that the influx of unprecedented numbers of visitors necessitated the implementation of new strategies of intellectual and social order to provide control, comprehension, and imperial and national meanings and order. This task was accomplished by exhibition commissioners by organizing the visitors into social taxonomies and painting collective portraits of those who came from all parts of the world.

Keywords:   exhibitions, entertainment, education, policing, British Empire, social order, national meanings, social taxonomies, collective portraits

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