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    DescriptionWinner of the Morris D. Forkasch prize for the best book in British history 2002 Civilising Subjects argues that the empire was at the heart of nineteenth--century Englishness. English men and women in the mid--nineteenth century imagined themselves at the centre of a great empire: their mental and emotional maps encompassed a Aboriginesa in Australia, a negroesa in Jamaica, a cooliesa in the Indies. This sense of the other provided boundaries and markers of difference: ways of knowing who was a civiliseda and who was a savagea . This fascinating book tells intertwined stories of a particular group of Englishmen and women who constructed themselves as colonisers. Hall then uses these studies as a means of exploring wider colonial and cultural issues. One story focuses on the Baptist missionaries in Jamaica and their efforts to build a new society in the wake of emancipation. Their hope was to make Afro--Jamaican men and women into people like themselves. Disillusionment followed as it emerged that the making of a new selvesa was not as simple as they had thought, and that black men and women had minds and cultural resources of their own. The second story tells the tale of a the midland metropolisa , Birmingham, and the ways in which its culture was infused with empire. Abolitionist enthusiasm dominated the town in the 1830s but by the 1860s the identity of a friend of the negroa had been superseded by a harsher racial vocabulary. Birminghama s a manly citizensa imagined the non--white subjects of empire as different kinds of men from themselves. These two detailed studies, of Birmingham and Jamaica, are set within their wider context: the making of metropole and colony and of coloniser and colonised. The result is an absorbing study of the a racinga of Englishness, which will be invaluable for students and scholars of British imperial and cultural history.


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    Title
    Civilizing Subjects
    Subtitle
    Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination 1830-1867
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Catherine Hall
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 576
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 762 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780745618210
    ISBN 10: 0745618219
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    LC classification: DA533 .H19 2002, 2003428957
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    Illustrations note
    1, black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Polity Press
    Imprint name
    Polity Press
    Publication date
    30 April 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Catherine Hall is Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at University College, London
    Review quote
    "Civilising Subjects provides a compelling account of the ways in which the various imperial projects of the nineteenth century shaped domestic political, evangelical, and cultural agendas. This detailed study of Victorian empire and English national culture is sure to become the definitive study of the decade and beyond." Kathleen Wilson, author of The Sense of the People: Politics, Culture and Imperialism in England, 1715--1785 "Civilising Subjects does for colonial history what E.P. Thompsona s The Making of the English Working Class did for social history. It triumphantly achieves what many have hoped to do: show how empire impacted on metropolis while the home culture shaped colonial development. This is a work of great scholarship, but also of passion and imagination." Roy Porter, author of The Creation of the Modern World: The Untold Story of the British Enlightenment a This is a brilliant piece of detective work, uncovering half--forgotten debates and hidden connections linking England and Jamaica in the first half of the Victorian era...The argument that all collective identities are formed through drawing up boundaries between "us" and inferior "others" has become a cliche...Hall is the first historian to give a really convincing account of how that happened. Her story also illuminates how West Indians, and their descendents in Britian, came to occupy such an ambivalent "inside--outsider" place in that picture. Civilising Subjects is not just important for historians of Britain and empire. Anyone concerned with issues of race, citizenship and identity in Britiain today can learn a great deal from it.a The Independent "This book has the fine detail and rich colours of a Vermeer painting." Denis Judd, Historian, BBC History Magazine "...a landmark text, bringing national and imperial history into conjunction and providing a significant contribution to the new cultural history. Civilising Subjects desrves to be widely read." Michael Pickering, Journal of Contemporary European Studies "Civilising Subjects is a tour de force and promises to deepen our understanding of how Empire rebounded back on Britain." Social History "What a book! What a breeze of fresh air in British colonial history! Let there be no doubt about it: this book is cultural history at its best and most advanced." Journal for the Study of British Cultures
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgements. List of Maps and Illustrations. Introduction. Prologue: The Making of an Imperial Man. Australia. New Zealand. St.Vincent and Antigua. Jamaica. Part I: Colony and Metropole:. Mapping Jamaica:the Pre--Emancipation World in the Metropolitan Mind. 1. The Missionary Dream 1820--1842:. The Baptist Missionary Society and the Missionary Project. Missionaries and Planters. The War of Representation. The Constitution of the New Black Subject. The Free Villages. 2. Faultlines in the Family of Man 1842--1845:. Native Agency and the Africa Mission. The Baptist Family. Brother Knibb. 3. A Jamaica of the Mind 1820--1854:. Phillippoa s Jamaica. a A Place of Gloomy Darknessa . 4. Missionary Men and Morant Bay 1859--1866:. Anthony Trollope and Mr.Secretary Underhill. The Trials of Life. Morant Bay and After. Part II: Metropolis, Colony and Empire:. Mapping the Midland Metropolis. 5. The a Friends of the Negroa : Baptists and Abolitionists 1825--42:. The Baptists in Birmingham. a Friends of the Negroa . The Utopian Years. 6. The Limits of Friendship: Abolitionism in Decline 1842--59:. a A Population Intellectually at Zeroa . Carlylea s Occasion. George Dawson and the Politics of Race and Nationalism. Troubles for the Missionary Public. 7. Town, Nation and Empire 1859--1867:. New Times. Morant Bay. Birmingham Men. Epilogue. Notes. Bibliography.