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Imperialism and Popular Culture

by John M. MacKenzie

Part of the Studies in Imperialism Series

Imperialism and Popular Culture Synopsis

Popular culture is invariably a vehicle for the dominant ideas of its age. Never was this more true than in the late-19th and early 20th centuries, when it reflected the nationalist and imperialist ideologies current throughout Europe. This text examines the various media through which nationalist ideas were conveyed in late-Victorian and Edwardian times - in the theatre, ethnic shows, juvenile literature, education and the iconography of popular art. Several chapters look beyond World War I, when the most popular media, cinema and broadcasting, continued to convey an essentially late-19th-century world view, while government agencies like the Empire Marketing Board sought to convince the public of the economic value of empire. Youth organizations, which had propagated imperialist and militarist attitudes before the war, struggled to adapt to the new internationalist climate. -- .

Book Information

ISBN: 9780719018688
Publication date: 26th October 1987
Author: John M. MacKenzie
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Cultural studies, Colonialism & imperialism,

About John M. MacKenzie

John MacKenzie is Emeritus Professor of Imperial History, Lancaster University and holds Honorary Professorships at Aberdeen, St Andrews and Stirling, as well as an Honorary Fellowship at Edinburgh.

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