Purifying Empire

  • Filename: purifying-empire.
  • ISBN: 9781139488181
  • Release Date: 2010-06-03
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Deana Heath
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Purifying Empire explores the material, cultural and moral fragmentation of the boundaries of imperial and colonial rule in the British Empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It charts how a particular bio-political project, namely the drive to regulate the obscene in late nineteenth-century Britain, was transformed from a national into a global and imperial venture and then re-localized in two different colonial contexts, India and Australia, to serve decidedly different ends. While a considerable body of work has demonstrated both the role of empire in shaping moral regulatory projects in Britain and their adaptation, transformation and, at times, rejection in colonial contexts, this book illustrates that it is in fact only through a comparative and transnational framework that it is possible to elucidate both the temporalist nature of colonialism and the political, racial and moral contradictions that sustained imperial and colonial regimes.

Colonial Lives Across the British Empire

  • Filename: colonial-lives-across-the-british-empire.
  • ISBN: 9780521847704
  • Release Date: 2006-11-23
  • Number of pages: 376
  • Author: David Lambert
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A series of portraits of 'imperial lives' to rethink the history of the British Empire in the nineteenth century.

Cultures of darkness

  • Filename: cultures-of-darkness.
  • ISBN: UOM:49015002579176
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 609
  • Author: Bryan D. Palmer
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Pr

Peasants, religious heretics, witches, pirates, runaway slaves, prostitutes and pornographers, frequenters of taverns and fraternal society lodge rooms, revolutionaries, blues and jazz musicians, beats, and contemporary youth gangs--those who defied authority, choosing to live outside the defining cultural dominions of early insurgent and, later, dominant capitalism are what Bryan D. Palmer calls people of the night. These lives of opposition, or otherness, were seen by the powerful as deviant, rejecting authority, and consequently threatening to the established order.Constructing a rich historical tapestry of example and experience spanning eight centuries, Palmer details lives of exclusion and challenge, as the "night travels" of the transgressors clash repeatedly with the powerful conventions of their times. Nights of liberation and exhilarating desire--sexual and social--are at the heart of this study. But so too are the dangers of darkness, as marginality is coerced into corners of pressured confinement, or the night is used as a cover for brutalizing terror, as was the case in Nazi Germany or the lynching of African Americans.Making extensive use of the interdisciplinary literature of marginality found in scholarly work in history, sociology, cultural studies, literature, anthropology, and politics, Palmer takes an unflinching look at the rise and transformation of capitalism as it was lived by the dispossessed and those stamped with the mark of otherness.


  • Filename: nabobs.
  • ISBN: 9780521763530
  • Release Date: 2010-08-12
  • Number of pages: 266
  • Author: Tillman W. Nechtman
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book considers the controversy caused by 'nabobs', and the debate regarding British identity and British imperialism in the late eighteenth century.

The Aeneid

  • Filename: the-aeneid.
  • ISBN: 9781467787314
  • Release Date: 2015-01-01
  • Number of pages: 434
  • Author: Virgil
  • Publisher: First Avenue Editions

Purified by Fire

  • Filename: purified-by-fire.
  • ISBN: 0520929748
  • Release Date: 2001-02-15
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Author: Stephen Prothero
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

Just one hundred years ago, Americans almost universally condemned cremation. Today, nearly one-quarter of Americans choose to be cremated. The practice has gained wide acceptance as a funeral rite, in both our private and public lives, as the cremations of icons such as John Lennon and John F. Kennedy Jr. show. Purified by Fire tells the fascinating story of cremation's rise from notoriety to legitimacy and takes a provocative new look at important transformations in the American cultural landscape over the last 150 years. Stephen Prothero synthesizes a wide array of previously untapped source material, including newspapers, consumer guides, mortician trade journals, and popular magazines such as Reader's Digest to provide this first historical study of cremation in the United States. He vividly describes many noteworthy events—from the much-criticized first American cremation in 1876 to the death and cremation of Jerry Garcia in the late twentieth century. From the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era to the baby boomers of today, this book takes us on a tour through American culture and traces our changing attitudes toward death, religion, public health, the body, and the environment.

Boardwalk Empire

  • Filename: boardwalk-empire.
  • ISBN: 9780091941321
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 284
  • Author: Nelson Johnson
  • Publisher: Random House

Through most of the 20th century, Atlantic City, New Jersey, was controlled by a powerful partnership of local politicians and racketeers. Funded by payoffs from gambling rooms, bars and brothels, this corrupt alliance reached full bloom during the reign of Enoch 'Nucky' Johnson - the second of the three bosses to head the Republican machine that dominated city politics and society. In Boardwalk Empire, Nucky Johnson, Louis 'the Commodore' Kuehnle, Frank 'Hap' Farley, and Atlantic City itself spring to life in all their garish splendour. Author Nelson Johnson traces 'AC' from its birth as a quiet seaside health resort, through the corruption, notorious backroom politics and power struggles, to the city's rebirth as an international entertainment and gambling mecca where anything goes. Boardwalk Empire is the true story that inspired the epic HBO series starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald. 'As good, if not better, than the television series' Independent

Empire and Information

  • Filename: empire-and-information.
  • ISBN: 0521663601
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 412
  • Author: Christopher Alan Bayly
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Christopher Bayly, already established as one of the most eminent historians of his day, writes a penetrating account of the evolution of British intelligence in India. He describes how Indian spies were recruited to secure political and social information about their subjects, and how the colonial authorities interpreted, and, in some cases, misinterpreted the information supplied. This book will become a classic in the field of Indian and imperian history, and will be read by both scholar and student alike.

The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Filename: the-emperor-of-all-maladies.
  • ISBN: 9781439170915
  • Release Date: 2011-08-09
  • Number of pages: 573
  • Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

An assessment of cancer addresses both the courageous battles against the disease and the misperceptions and hubris that have compromised modern understandings, providing coverage of such topics as ancient-world surgeries and the development of present-day treatments. Reprint. Best-selling winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Includes reading-group guide.

The Way of All Flesh

  • Filename: the-way-of-all-flesh.
  • ISBN: 9780486114552
  • Release Date: 2012-05-23
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Samuel Butler
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation

Hailed by George Bernard Shaw as "one of the summits of human achievement," this 1903 novel satirizes the hypocrisy underlying Victorian England's major institutions — family, church, and class structure.

Treason By The Book

  • Filename: treason-by-the-book.
  • ISBN: 9780241959145
  • Release Date: 2012-04-05
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Jonathan Spence
  • Publisher: Penguin UK

In 1728 a stranger handed a letter to Governor Yue calling on him to lead a rebellion against the Manchu rulers of China. Feigning agreement, he learnt the details of the plot and immediately informed the Emperor, Yongzheng. The ringleaders were captured with ease, forced to recant and, to the confusion and outrage of the public, spared. Drawing on an enormous wealth of documentary evidence - over a hundred and fifty secret documents between the Emperor and his agents are stored in Chinese archives - Jonathan Spence has recreated this revolt of the scholars in fascinating and chilling detail. It is a story of unwordly dreams of a better world and the facts of bureaucratic power, of the mind of an Emperor and of the uses of his mercy.

Gender Crime and Empire

  • Filename: gender-crime-and-empire.
  • ISBN: 0719066980
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 286
  • Author: Kristy Reid
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press

Between 1803 and 1853, some 80,000 convicts were transported to Van Diemen's Land. Revising established models of the colonies--which depicted convict women as a peculiarly oppressed group--Gender, Crime, and Empire argues that convict men and women in fact had much in common. Comparing men and women, ideas about masculinity, femininity, sexuality, and the body, this book argues that fuller account of class must take place to understand the relationships between gender and power. The book considers the shifting nature of state policies towards courtship, relationships, and attempts at family formation that became matters of class conflict. It explores the ways gender and family informed liberal and humanitarian critiques of the colonies from the 1830s and 1840s and colonial demands for abolition and self-government.

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