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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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Recessional: Imperial Culture and Colonial Nationalism

(p.273) Epilogue
An Empire on Display

Peter H. Hoffenberg

University of California Press

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.

Keywords:   exhibitions, British imperial culture, colonial nationalism, British monarchy, cultural policy, historical fantasies, public culture

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