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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume IV: The Twentieth Century$
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Judith Brown and Wm Roger Louis

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205647

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205647.001.0001

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The Popular Culture of Empire in Britain

The Popular Culture of Empire in Britain

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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume IV: The Twentieth Century


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This chapter offers a description of popular culture and how it relates to the experiences of the British Empire. It also deals with educational and cultural expressions of Empire. The most powerful influence on the public's view on the Empire was that of the cinema. Despite tightening controls on new immigration, Britain increasingly became a multi-ethnic society. This ethnic diversity became even more manifest with the birth of second and third generations of once-immigrant families. A post-colonial metropolitan society and culture now found itself more deeply marked by the long-term effects of Imperial connections than in earlier generations when Empire seemed real but remote.

Keywords:   British Empire, popular culture, education, cinema, immigration, ethnic diversity, metropolitan society

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