Mid-Victorian Imperialists : British Gentlemen and the Empire of the Mind
Throughout the nineteenth century the British Empire was the subject of much writing; floods of articles, books and government reports were produced about the areas under British control and the policy of imperialism. Mid-Victorian Imperialists investigates how the Victorians made sense of all the information regarding the empire by examining the writings of a collection of gentlemen who were amongst the first people to join the Colonial Society in 1868-69. These men included imperial officials, leading settlers, British politicians and writers, and Beasley looks at the common trends in their beliefs about the British Empire and how their thoughts changed during their lives to show how Mid-Victorian theories of racial, cultural and political classification arose.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 156 x 234 x 12.95mm | 340.19g
- 10 Apr 2015
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
About Edward Beasley
Edward Beasley is a Lecturer in History at San Diego State University, where he also teaches in the Liberal Studies Program. He is the author of Empire as the Triumph of Theory: Imperialism, Information and the Colonial Society of 1868 (Routledge 2004).
Table of contents
Table Of ContentsAcknowledgments ivAbbreviations vPreface by Peter CatterallI Introduction II Arthur Mills, Almanacs, and Despotism. III The Man who ran the Empire. IV Frederic Rogers and the âTranscendental Expectationâ V Letters from Australia, Pt 1: The Citizens VI Letters from Australia, Pt 2: The Governor and the End of the World VII The Variety of Englishmen and their Empires, Part 1: Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton VIII The Variety of Englishmen and their Empires, Part 2. IX Generalizing about Humanity: Lord Carnarvon. X Rawlinson, Northcote, and the Imperialism of Information Management. XI Conclusion Bibliography