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Bonds of Empire: West Indians and Britishness from Victoria to Decolonization

Anne Spry Rush


In the first half of the twentieth century Britishness was an integral part of the culture that pervaded life in the colonial Caribbean. Caribbean peoples were encouraged to identify with social structures and cultural values touted as intrinsically British. Many middle-class West Indians of color duly adopted Britishness as part of their own identity. Yet even as they re-fashioned themselves, West Indians recast Britishness in their own image, basing it on hierarchical ideas of respectability that were traditionally British, but also on their own expectations of racial and geographical inclus ... More

Keywords: Britain, Britishness, Caribbean, culture, decolonization, empire, imperial identity, middle-class, respectability, West Indian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199588558
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588558.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Spry Rush, author
Instructor, Department of History, University of Maryland
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