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Civilising Subjects: Colony and Metropole in the English Imagination, 1830-1867

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How did the English get to be English? In Civilising Subjects, Catherine Hall argues that the idea of empire was at the heart of mid-nineteenth-century British self-imagining, with peoples such as the "Aborigines" in Australia and the "negroes" in Jamaica serving as markers of difference separating "civilised" English from "savage" others.

Hall uses the stories of two groups of Englishmen and -women to explore British self-constructions both in the colonies and at home. In Jamaica, a group of Baptist missionaries hoped to make African-Jamaicans into people like themselves, only to be disappointed when the project proved neither simple nor congenial to the black men and women for whom they hoped to fashion new selves. And in Birmingham, abolitionist enthusiasm dominated the city in the 1830s, but by the 1860s, a harsher racial vocabulary reflected a new perception of the nonwhite subjects of empire as different kinds of men from the "manly citizens" of Birmingham.

This absorbing and detailed study of the "racing" of Englishness will be invaluable for students and scholars of imperial and cultural history.

About the Author

Catherine Hall is a professor of history at University College, London. She is the editor of Cultures of Empire: A Reader and coauthor of Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class 1780-1850 and Defining the Victorian Nation: Class, Race, Gender and the Reform Act of 1867.

Table of Contents

List of maps and illustrations

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Cast of Characters

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. Fault-lines 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

Phillippo's Jamaica

'A place of gloomy darkness'

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 'Friends of the Negro': Baptists and Abolitionists 1825-1842

The Baptists in Birmingham and the missionary public

Knowing 'the heathen'

Birmingham's 'Friends of the Negro'

The utopian years

6. The Limits of Friendship: Abolitionism in Decline 1842-1859

'A population intellectually at zero'

Carlyle'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

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226313351
Subtitle:
Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination 1830-1867
Author:
Hall, Catherine
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
World
Subject:
World - Colonial Studies
Subject:
Imperialism
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
107-331
Publication Date:
20020501
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 halftones, 2 maps
Pages:
556
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Europe » Western Europe » General
History and Social Science » World History » British Empire
History and Social Science » World History » England » General

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