Britain, the Empire, and the World at the Great Exhibition by Jeffrey A. Auerbach, Peter H. Hoffenberg

By Jeffrey A. Auerbach, Peter H. Hoffenberg

"Britain, the Empire, and the area on the nice Exhibition" addresses the worldwide, foreign and imperial features of the Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851. This selection of essays considers how and why the Exhibition used to be major either for its British hosts and their relationships to the broader global, and for contributors from around the globe. How did the Exhibition attach London, England, very important British colonies, and the sequence of vital engaging realms, reminiscent of Russia, Greece, Germany and the Ottoman Empire? How may perhaps we expect approximately shows, viewers and organizers in mild of what the Exhibition urged approximately Britain's position within the international community?Contributors from quite a few educational disciplines resolution those and different questions by way of targeting the numerous shows, courses, viewers and organizers in Britain and in another country. The essays extend the knowledge of the meanings, roles and legacies of the good Exhibition for British society and the broader international, in addition to the ways in which that pivotal occasion formed Britain's and different engaging nation's understandings of and position in that nineteenth-century international. in contrast to different courses, this one emphasizes nationalism and internationalism, household and international matters.

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2, pp. 128–9. Mission Impossible: Globalization and the Great Exhibition 17 As Whewell had made clear, Oriental productions were harder to dismiss than the primitive attempts of the aboriginal. Notwithstanding, the same industrial capitalist logic was applied in precisely the same way. 48 Since this want was the result of sociological and not ecological factors, however, it could be rectified. 51 And while territories formally annexed by Britain were obvious targets for such industrial capitalist penetration and integration, the Victorians did not look only to their colonial possessions for raw materials.

78. 68 Auerbach, p. 159. Mission Impossible: Globalization and the Great Exhibition 23 aboriginals from Australasia, were objectified at once as amusing and threatening incongruities. 69 Providing a counter to the nervous excitement such commentary generated, as well as correctly realizing that the occasion of the display would not see London overrun by exotic peoples, The Family Herald poured scorn on such enthusiasm. ‘Who, after all, will come to the World’s Fair’, it asked; ‘From the three hundred millions of Chinese, how many?

114. 11 [Eliza Lynn], ‘Passing Faces’, Household Words, 14 April 1855. 12 Henry Cole, ‘Lecture XX. 2nd series. December 1, 1852. On the International Results of the Exhibition of 1851’, in Fifty Years of Public Work of Sir Henry Cole, KCB, accounted for in his deeds, speeches and writings (London: George Bell and Sons, 1884), vol. 2, pp. 233–4, cited in Peter H. Hoffenberg, An Empire on Display: English, Indian, The Great Exhibition, Race, Class and Social Reform 31 The language of cultural awareness and diversity was appropriated further still by a rush of popular titles including Watts Phillips’s The Wild Tribes of London (1855).

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