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Section I: Cultural Contacts, 1492-1969
Section II: Empire Writing & the Literature of Empire
Section III: The Visible Empire
Section IV: Religion & Empire
Section V: Race, Class & Colonialism, c.1783-1969
This new on-line project aims to bring together approximately 60,000 images of original documents, both manuscript and printed materials, sourced from about twenty different libraries and archives around the world, including a strong core of document images from the British Library and from the Oriental and India Office Collections at the British Library.
Each section will feature thematic essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies. The essays will relate directly to the source material covered by the online publication with about fifty hypertext links per essay to documentary evidence. The project offers good quality, meaningful content that academics can readily integrate into their courses. The thematic essays introduce students to the material, suggest possible approaches, and place the documents within a broad historical, literary and cultural context.
The keyword search facility allows users to search by document title, topic, name of individual, organisation or date. All source material in this project is well indexed in this manner.
"An essential tool for anyone seeking accessible, online resources about the history of exploration, cultural contact and colonialism. This collection is invaluable for teachers and researchers alike. Its online format permits the unexpected juxtaposition of different types of material and content, challenging conventional disciplinary boundaries and academic generalisations.
The history of colonialism is now a multidisciplinary endeavour, and it is no longer possible for any academic discipline to ignore its significance for past and present. These exemplary records trace the aspirations and paradoxes of European expansion, but not only European voices are heard in this rich record. These wide-ranging documents reveal the complex interactions of culture contact." (Julian Martin and Jane Samson, Consultant Editors, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta)
SECTION I: Cultural Contacts, 1492-1969
Dr Julian Martin, Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta
(Cultural Contacts, c.1492-1830)
Professor Alan Frost, Department of History, La Trobe University
(Economic aspects of Empire: Anson, Cook, Vancouver and Flinders)
Dr Jane Samson, Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta
(Cultural Contacts, c.1830-1969)
Section I looks at cultural contacts throughout five centuries of Empire from Columbus to decolonisation. It draws upon manuscript sources such as the diaries and eyewitness accounts of European travellers, correspondence and periodical literature. It includes evidence from native populations and indigenous tribes in Africa, India, Canada, Australia and the South Pacific. There is material from the Papers of Englebert Kaempfer on Persia, Sloane manuscripts on Voyages of Discovery, drawings and manuscripts relating to maritime exploration in the Papers of Sir Joseph Banks, Mungo Park's African Journal and records from missionary archives documenting their first contacts at the furthest outposts of Empire.
It examines how attitudes changed over time and the way Europeans worked both with and against indigenous groups in the quest for independence and self-government in the twentieth century.
SECTION II: Empire Writing & the Literature of Empire
Dr Chandani Lokugé, Department of English, Monash University
(Indian Fiction and the Literature of Empire)
Professor Angela Woollacott, Department of History,
Case Western Reserve University
(Gender, Politics and the Literature of Empire)
Professor Christopher Gordon-Craig, Department of English,
University of Alberta
(Imperial Adventure: Literature for Boys)
Professor Oyekan Owomoyela, Department of English,
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
(African Fiction in the colonial period)
Section II on the Literature of Empire includes important texts describing the outreach and impact of colonial endeavour. There are writings by both pro- and anti-imperial authors, by agents of empire, by controllers of empire, and by imperial subjects. This section embraces poetry, prose and drama.
SECTION III: The Visible Empire
Dr Antoinette Burton, Department of History,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(The Visible Empire and the Empire at Home, c.1750-1960)
Dr Jeffrey Auerbach, Department of History,
California State University at Northridge
(The Great Exhibition: Art, Display and the British Empire)
Dr Romita Ray, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Georgia Museum of Art
(The Imperial Canvas: Art and Empire)
Section III looks at all aspects of the Visible Empire, from Great Exhibitions, Pageantry, Art, Sport and Theatre, to the commercial exploitation of empire. Central to this material is the way Empire was presented and perceived. What impact did the colonial exhibitions in London, Sydney, Bombay and Cape Town have on the visiting public? How were images of empire used for marketing and propaganda purposes? How did perceptions of Empire at Home differ from the views of those overseas in the Colonies?
SECTION IV: Religion & Empire
Dr Tony Ballantyne, Department of History,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(Religion and Missions in South Asia and the Pacific)
Professor Andrew Porter, Kings College, University of London
(Religion and Empire at Home and Abroad)
Dr Elizabeth Elbourne, Department of History, McGill University
(Religion and Empire, with special reference to South Africa and Canada)
Section IV features material on missionary work, indigenous churches, and the annexation of existing local beliefs and customs. There are documents on different regions in India and Africa, and on work amongst the Native American Indians in Canada. The Maoris, Aborigines and other tribes are covered in records on Australasia and the South Pacific. What was the role of religion in helping to spread the Empire?
SECTION V: Race, Class & Colonialism, c.1783-1969
Professor Dane Kennedy, Department of History, George Washington University
(Colonial Encounters: Speke, Burton and Native Experiences of Empire)
Dr Madhavi Kale, Department of History, Bryn Mawr College
(Race, Gender and the British Empire).
Dr Douglas Lorimer, Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University
(From Emancipation to Resistance: Colour, Class and Colonialism, 1870-1914)
Section V focuses on Race, Class and Colonialism as important concepts in the study of Empire. Were imperial attitudes governed by race or class? Why were white settler territories the first to be granted independence? How did the colour question inhibit the expansion of empire? How did views in the Colonies differ from those at Home and how did attitudes towards race fuel nationalism? How did perceptions of "the Metropole" and "the Colony" alter over time? These records look at different views on Colonialism and National Identity. When did the inhabitants of empire first aspire to independence and self government and cease to think in terms of "coloniser" and "colonised"?
Were many populations highly independent from the outset, or was change gradual over time, or is the picture far more complex, and varied, from region to region?