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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century$
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Andrew Porter

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205654.001.0001

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Empire and Metropolitan Cultures

Empire and Metropolitan Cultures

(p.270) 13 Empire and Metropolitan Cultures
The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century

John M. Mackenzie

Oxford University Press

There is extreme debate about the association of metropolitan cultures to British Empire. This chapter considers both the debate by Beloff and Said, and the scale of the problem, which recent work has shown to be much larger than envisaged by either Beloff's concern with an Imperial theory or Said's literary interests. ‘Metropolitan cultures’ can be divided horizontally and vertically. There are the cultures of different classes, of the aristocracy, bourgeoisie, and the masses, the latter usually viewed as the social milieu of ‘popular culture’. A discussion on Imperial culture and on British Empire, the British state and cultural continuity is also provided. In addition, a description of the Indian Revolt of 1857 as an ideological turning-point, the culture of the new imperialism, and the Imperial public is given.

Keywords:   social class, metropolitan cultures, Beloff, Said, Indian Revolt, new imperialism, Imperial theory, popular culture, cultural continuity, Imperial public

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