Recessional: Imperial Culture and Colonial Nationalism
This chapter discusses the relevance of exhibitions to British imperial culture and colonial nationalism. It explains that the popularity of the British monarchy, Australian explorers and bush figures, and Indian artisans and princes resulted in part from the cultural policy to create and preserve those historical fantasies at the exhibitions. The chapter argues that exhibitions were able to offer objects and activities of mass education and entertainment, and provided the public culture necessary for the participatory remaking of history, memory, and identities.
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