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Memories of Empire, Volume I: The White Man's World

Bill Schwarz


This book explores various ideas of the white man as they evolved during the time of the British empire, from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century, looking particularly at the transactions between the colonies and the home society of England. The story works back from the popular response to Enoch Powell's ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech in 1968, in which identifications with racial whiteness came to be highly charged. Driving this new racial politics, the book proposes, were unappeased memories of Britain's imperial past. The book surveys the founding of the so-called white colonies, looking ... More

Keywords: Enoch Powell, racial whiteness, British empire, decolonization, migration, memory

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199296910
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bill Schwarz, author
School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London

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