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The Absent-Minded Imperialists: Empire, Society, and Culture in Britain

Bernard Porter


The British empire was a huge enterprise. To foreigners, it more or less defined Britain in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Its repercussions in the wider world are still with us today. It also had a great impact on Britain herself: for example, on her economy, security, population, and eating habits. One might expect this to have been reflected in her society and culture. Indeed, this has now become the conventional wisdom: that Britain was steeped in imperialism domestically, which affected (or infected) almost everything Britons thought, felt, and did. This book examines this assumption ... More

Keywords: imperialism, perceptions, society, Britain, culture, economy, population, spending, diet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199299591
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299591.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Porter, author
Emeritus Professor of History, University of Newcastle