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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 Imperial Pilgrims' Progress

The Imperial Pilgrims' Progress

Ceremonies, Tourism, and Epic Theater at the Exhibitions

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An Empire on Display

Peter H. Hoffenberg

University of California Press

This chapter describes the ceremonies, tourism, and epic theater at the exhibitions of the British Empire. It describes Lord George Nathaniel Curzon's combination of state ceremony, traditional arts, and crafts, and a formal exhibition that highlighted the triumph of such forms and language in shaping and expressing public culture. The chapter suggests that these rituals of integration and education linked constituent parts and subjects of the Victorian and Edwardian Empire, and explains that exhibition ceremonies complemented other English and colonial rituals.

Keywords:   exhibitions, British Empire, ceremonies, tourism, epic theater, George Nathaniel Curzon, public culture, English rituals, colonial rituals

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