From Plunder to Preservation: Britain and the Heritage of Empire, c.1800-1940

Hardcover | June 5, 2013

EditorAstrid Swenson, Peter Mandler

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What was the effect of the British Empire on the cultures and civilisations of the peoples over whom it ruled? This book takes a novel approach to this important and controversial subject by considering the impact of empire on the idea of "heritage". It reveals a dazzling variety of attitudeson the part of the imperialists - from frank "plunder" of American, Asian, African and Pacific peoples' cultural artefacts and monuments to a growing appreciation of the need for "preservation" of the world's heritage in the places it originated. But it goes beyond the empire-centred view toconsider how far colonised peoples themselves were able to embed indigenous understandings of their heritage in the empire, and how indeed the empire was very often dependent on indigenous knowledge for its own functioning. This book will therefore appeal to those interested in the history of the British Empire in all parts of the world, and also to the burgeoning audience for writing on "world heritage" - the movement pioneered by UNESCO to move beyond a Eurocentric idea of heritage and to identify cultural value inall of the historical productions of the world's peoples. Its case studies and unusual illustrations range from an extraordinary Anglo-African cathedral in the Sudan to palm leaf manuscripts in Sri Lanka, from Mayan and Indian temples to Shakespeare's Birthplace and Hadrian's Wall. Together theyprovide a vivid story of how our current understanding of the diverse heritages of world history was forged in the crucible of the British Empire.

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What was the effect of the British Empire on the cultures and civilisations of the peoples over whom it ruled? This book takes a novel approach to this important and controversial subject by considering the impact of empire on the idea of "heritage". It reveals a dazzling variety of attitudeson the part of the imperialists - from frank...

Astrid Swenson is a Lecturer in European History at Brunel University London. She received her Ph.D from St. John's College Cambridge and was a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge in the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group and a Fellow of Darwin College. Her book The Rise of Heritage: Preserving the past in France, Germany an...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:June 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780197265413

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Part I: Introduction1. Astrid Swanson: The Heritage of EmpirePart II: The Classical World2. Edmund Richardson: Of Doubtful Antiquity3. Mary Beard: Officers and Gentlemen? Roman Britain and the British Empire4. Robin Cormack: Unity out of Diversity? The Making of a Modern Christian Monument in Anglo-Egyptian SudanPart III: The Biblical World5. David Gange: Unholy Water: Archaeology, the Bible, and the First Aswan Dam6. Simon Goldhill: The Cotswolds in Jerusalem: Restoration and EmpirePart IV: Empires and Civilisations7. Sujit Sivasundaram: Remaking the Native in the South Pacific, South-East Asia and Southern Africa8. Indra Sengupta: Monument Preservation and the Vexing Question of Religious Structures in Colonial India9. Donald Malcolm Reid: Representing Ancient Egypt at Imperial High Noon (1882-1922): Egyptological Careers and Artistic Allegories of Civilization'Part V: The New World10. Donna Yates: Publication as Preservation at a Remote Maya Site in the Early Twentieth Century11. Melanie Hall: Plunder or Preservation? Negotiating an Anglo-American Heritage in the Later Nineteenth Century in the Old World and the New: Shakespeare's Birthplace, Niagara Fall and Carlyle's House12. Sadiah Qureshi: Dying Americans: Race, Extinction and Conservation in the New World