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Museums and Empire : Natural History, Human Cultures and Colonial Identities - John M. MacKenzie

Museums and Empire

Natural History, Human Cultures and Colonial Identities

Paperback Published: 1st October 2010
ISBN: 9780719083679
Number Of Pages: 272

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Museums and Empire is the first book to examine the origins and development of museums in six major regions of the British Empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It analyzes museum histories in thirteen major centers 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

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'An outstanding and original book which deals both authoritatively and perceptively with an important but hitherto rather neglected aspect of imperial cultures. It is engrossing, deeply informative and beautifully written. There is no doubt that it will make a valuable contribution to scholarship across a range of disciplines, as well as enhancing the well-established Studies in Imperialism series.' Dr. Nigel Rigby, National Maritime Museum.

List of Illustrationsp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
List of abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Canada: the origins of colonial museumsp. 21
Canada: the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto and the Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoriap. 44
South Africa: the South African Museum, Cape Townp. 78
South Africa: the Albany Museum, Grahamstownp. 105
Australia: Museums in Sydney and Melbournep. 120
Australia: the South Australian Museum, Adelaidep. 156
New Zealand/Aotearoa: the War Memorial Museum, Aucklandp. 184
New Zealand/Aotearoa: the Canterbury Museum, Christchurchp. 210
Museums in Asiap. 234
Conclusionp. 265
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780719083679
ISBN-10: 0719083672
Series: Studies in Imperialism
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45