Britain, the Empire, and the World at the Great Exhibition by Jeffrey A. Auerbach, Peter H. Hoffenberg

By Jeffrey A. Auerbach, Peter H. Hoffenberg

"Britain, the Empire, and the realm on the nice Exhibition" addresses the worldwide, overseas and imperial features of the Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851. This choice of essays considers how and why the Exhibition used to be major either for its British hosts and their relationships to the broader global, and for individuals from world wide. How did the Exhibition attach London, England, vital British colonies, and the sequence of important engaging realms, equivalent to Russia, Greece, Germany and the Ottoman Empire? How may well we expect approximately indicates, viewers and organizers in gentle of what the Exhibition advised approximately Britain's position within the worldwide community?Contributors from quite a few educational disciplines resolution those and different questions by means of concentrating on the numerous indicates, courses, viewers and organizers in Britain and in another country. The essays extend the certainty of the meanings, roles and legacies of the good Exhibition for British society and the broader international, in addition to the ways in which that pivotal occasion formed Britain's and different partaking nation's understandings of and position in that nineteenth-century international. not like different courses, this one emphasizes nationalism and internationalism, family and overseas matters.

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Campbell and A. S. Skinner, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon, 1976), vol. 1, p. 456. 54 The Crystal Palace, p. 103; Tallis’s History, vol. 2, p. 129. ), pp. 13, 29, 30. 56 According to this representative view at least, by inducing global trade Britain succeeded in doing far more than extending a mode of production. Some fifty years after the Great Exhibition, Joseph Conrad’s Marlow would bemoan imperial ambition as little more than ‘robbery with violence, aggravated murder on a great scale, and men going at it blind’: The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.

67 Wallerstein argues that if the former sought to include as a means to exploit, the latter sought to other as a means to exclude. Taking on board this distinction, it remains important to see both modes of thought as two sides of the same discriminatory coin. Or, put another way, if it was racism which used the bayonet as a means of effecting exploitation via inclusion, then it was xenophobia which impelled and excused its more extended use. With this qualification in mind, it is significant to note that while Exhibition commentary addressed thus far has been understood in terms of a racist ideology, London’s hosting of the first international industrial display inspired an enormously diverse and widely disseminated body of xenophobic reactions.

45. ’39 While the Great Exhibition promoted such a scheme, however, it was held by many to do so in a manner which did not appear to reify in the same way the temporal positions ascribed to global peoples. Thus, while much Exhibition commentary plotted just the chronological account of human life which Fabian outlines, the geopolitical order with which he associates this account could be cast in contradistinction to a stream of time mapped out in terms of irrevocable and irreconcilable human alterity.

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