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Classics and Imperialism in the British Empire

ISBN : 9780199584727

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¥19,173
Author: 
Mark Bradley
Pages
360 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
147 x 222 mm
Pub date
Oct 2010
Series
Classical Presences
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While the study of Classics in postcolonial worlds has received a great deal of recent attention, this is the first comprehensive study of the relationship between classical ideas and British colonialism. In this collection of essays, classical scholars and modern historians demonstrate that ideas about the Greek and Roman world since the eighteenth century developed hand-in-hand with the rise and fall of the British Empire. Beginning with the history of the British Museum and its engagement both with classical antiquity and with the opportunities provided by the British Empire, the contributors address the role of classical scholarship in understanding British colonization, the development of theories about race in Europe and beyond, the exploitation of individual classical texts as imperial discourses, ideas about imperial decline, and efforts to wrest ownership of the classical past from the dominating control of the British.

Index: 

Introduction
I. CLASSICAL SCHOLARSHIP AND IMPERIAL HEGEMONIES
1. Imperial encounters: discourses on empire and the uses of ancient history during the eighteenth century
2. Imperial ideology and the uses of Rome in discourses on Britain's Indian Empire
II. CLASSICS AND THE SUPERIOR RACE
3. 'The mirror-shield of knowledge': classicizing the West Indies
4. 'The ablest race': the ancient Greeks in Victorian racial theory
III. EMPIRE AND THE CLASSICAL TEXT
5. Tacitus' Agricola and the conquest of Britain: representations of Empire in Victorian and Edwardian England
6. Imperialist fragmentation and the discovery of Bacchylides
IV. DECLINE AND DANGER
7. Edward Gibbon and Francis Haverfield: the traditions of imperial decline
8. Classics, race, and Edwardian anxieties about empire
V. RELOCATING THE CLASSICAL
9. Visions of modernity in revisions of the past: Altaf Hussain Hali and the 'Legacy of the Greeks'
10. Translatio Imperii: America as the New Rome c.1900
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About the author: 

Mark Bradley, Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Nottingham

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