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Racial Crossings: Race, Intermarriage, and the Victorian British Empire

Damon Ieremia Salesa


The Victorians were fascinated with intersections between different races. Whether in sexual or domestic partnerships, in interracial children, racially diverse communities or societies, these ‘racial crossings’ were a lasting Victorian concern. But in an era of imperial expansion, when slavery was abolished, colonial wars were fought and Britain itself was reformed, these concerns were more than academic. In both the British Empire and imperial Britain racial crossings shaped what people thought about race, the future and the past, and the conduct and possibilities of empire. Victorian fears ... More

Keywords: race, empire, colonialism, science, indigenous, science, policy, intermarriage, gender, hybridity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199604159
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604159.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Damon Ieremia Salesa, author
Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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