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Museums and Empire Natural History, Human Cultures and Colonial Identities

by John M. MacKenzie

Part of the Studies in Imperialism Series

Museums and Empire Natural History, Human Cultures and Colonial Identities Synopsis

Museums and Empire is the first book to examine the origins and development of museums in six major regions if the British Empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It analyses museum histories in thirteen major centres in Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India and South-East Asia, setting them into the economic and social contexts of the cities and colonies in which they were located. Written in a lively and informative style, it also touches upon the history of many other museums in Britain and other territories of the Empire. A number of key themes emerge from its pages; the development of elites within colonial towns and cities; the emergence of the full range of cultural institutions associated with this; and the reception and modification of the key scientific ideas of the age. It will be essential reading for students and academics concerned with museum studies and imperial history and to a wider public devoted to the cause of museums and heritage -- .

Museums and Empire Natural History, Human Cultures and Colonial Identities Press Reviews

John M. MacKenzie has written a fascinating work...A review cannot do justice to the richness and value of this work Museums and Empire is an exceptional book, and it is hard to do justice to its enormous scope, depth of study, and complete erudition. The text should be on the reading list of every Museum Studies course. -- .

Book Information

ISBN: 9780719080227
Publication date: 27th July 2009
Author: John M. MacKenzie
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Categories: 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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