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Often weak or unpopular particularly when they d been British made Many Colonial Cultures Were Not cultures were not hierarchical as they appeared or impressed by the pomp of British representatives or even royal tours Ultimately the anti hierarchical side proved the stronger as Ireland broke away followed through the 20th century by the rest of the empireA very good history Handling the

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of the British is a daunting task While some including Christopher Lee no not that one go for the encyclopedic approach and even then fail to cover everything Cannadine whacks out 200 pages that certainly gives the reader an accessible introduction into this always highly controversial subjectWhile Cannadine is unable to restrain his lexical tics completely you will want to scream when he uses the term appropriately enough for the umpteenth time he handles the subject matter confidently and deftly He is a clear critic of empire and imperialism but does not fall into the trap of not seeing the attractions of empire at least for some In a field where Niall Ferguson takes the damn ingrates tack towards the US declaring independence from the British empire while on the other side many of the left desperately pretend the empire was an institution forced on the working class instead of one where many in the working class eagerly participated Cannadine s approach is to be welcomedExpress healthy criticism for his rhetorical fireworks and you ll find an enlightening pacy read Cannadine s title Ornamentalism sets the book in opposition to Edward Said s famous work Orientalism which I haven t read yet although I ve read other Said Opposition may be too strong a word rather Cannadine s book is a counterpoint to Said s Said based his arguments about colonialism and empire on race while Cannadine argues that the British Empire was ust as much fixated on class and status It was critically important to the British to replicate their class structure in their colonies This meant that every native monarch in every colony was the ceremonial respect and pageantry that a British monarch would get back in Britain Regardless of the native monarch or aristocrat s skin tone he would be infinitely better regarded by his British counterparts than a pasty faced working class or middle class schlub back homeCannadine musters a lot of evidence for this The book is uite short 200 pages of text with vast endnotesThere is a nice selection of black and white photographs sprinkled throughout The paper uality though of this OUP edition is terribl. S of Edward Said and others Cannadine suggests that the British were motivated not only by race but also by class The British wanted to domesticate the exotic world of their colonies and to reorder the societies they ruled according to an idealized image of their own class hierarchies. ,

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Ornamentalism How the British Saw Their EmpireThorough and well researched as far as it goes this gives some useful insights into a topic which has polarised historians and popular Authors Alike The Divisions Lie alike The divisions lie those who see the empire as a malignant canker which spread unchecked through the world for too long and those who regard it as a force for good which came to the end of its time The latter of course very much in the minority now and arguably at the time Although I enjoyed this I was surprised to come to the end It felt as if there was much to say and the promised analysis had skimmed the surface Not that it lacks detail The social structures and the exported honours system made fascinating reading and there were lots of insights into the issues and attitudes of the empire But all in all it feels rather as though there are things missing important things without which the book feels incomplete I would reco Very well written in the typical flourish of the British historian s style The central argument is that social hierarchy played a significant role in the idealizing of the British Empire than ideas of racial supremacy The appendix at the end has a very personal touch to the whole narrative which makes the read even interesting Some arguments may be flawed but all in all I have got to recommend this one Superb writing I enjoyed all of this book but particularly the last part where the author recalls his own experience of empire I was born in 1948 on shipyard Clydeside my dad had fought all through North Africa my Uncle Angus served in India my Uncle Don was in Singapore the husband and three sons of the woman upstairs went down with the Hood The empire was real to us and we also had a map at school 20 years out of date showing a world where so much was imperial red I think this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to get inside the story of who we were and why we are not now The author makes a very useful contribution to history and this book serves as a good reply to Edward Said s Orientalism He explains his purpose clearly and sets about making his case in a thoroughly professional way The gist of his argument about the nature of class relations in Britain and throughout the empire cannot be lightly dismissed It s a powerful argument In Ornamentalism David Cannadine discusses the British empire empire cannot be lightly dismissed It s a powerful argument In Ornamentalism David Cannadine discusses the British empire Image abroad and at home He argues that the Empire was a class based system intent on preserving the status uo and that it was largely a net of Class and Feudal ideas held together by an almost Roman set of ideals I can t say th. With the return of Hong Kong to the Chinese government in 1997 the empire that had lasted three hundred years and upon which the sun never set finally lost its hold on the world and slipped into history But the uestion of how we understand the British Empire its origins nature purpose. ,

At he fully won me over but he makes a good argumentThe book is filled with stories and anecdotes that Cannadine feels support his thesis but one man good argumentThe book is filled with stories and anecdotes that Cannadine feels support his thesis but one man Establishment elites are another man s legitimate ruling social groups Of course the Brits tended to back the people they thought were already in power it was FAR less Brits tended to back the people they thought were already in power it was FAR less to rule through proxies than to try and administerconuer with new leaders and new governmental systems to be imposed That Cannadine tries to discuss the Imperial methods without paying any particular attention to the spreading and administration of the English Legal systems puts the whole effort in a weaker context Sure the Empire used spectacle militarism and technology to divide and rule but it was the English Legal Traditions and their execution in society that were the lasting gift of Empire Cannadine s book is a fun read but I was left wanting This is a fun book for the younger reader attempting serious works A little bit of effort will be rewarded The Military EnthusiastGamerModeller will find a lot of good background for their future efforts but little help with ScenariosDioramas as such A good book ust not a great one on its topic I ve written a long and rather circuitous review of this book on my blog here Pomp Circumstance Struggling with Empire It features Monty Python too As brilliant as I remembered it Although it somehow lacks theoretical anchorage the arguments is powerful and serves as counterpoint to Edward Said s Orientalism not everything was about racism or a distorted image of the Other class and status had a powerful weight in British colonialism a fact which would set it apart from other colonial systems such as the French or the SpanishI think that the argument is worth taking into account and needs further research maybe combining it with a Marxist approach on social classes and Bourdieu s idea of symbolic capital 45 Cannadine argues that the British ruling class saw the Empire as reinforcing exporting and expanding England s class hierarchy Where Imperial possessions had kings or potentates as in India or Morocco they allied with them Where there were no rulers they appointed some This was done both in the belief that the British way was best that these other rulers were people they could do business with and increasingly in reaction to democracy and urbanization at home if being a baron in England didn t get enough respect being vice governor of a colony provided than enough pomp and circumstance The flip side is that the rulers the English relied on were. And effect on the world it ruled is far from settled In this incisive work David Cannadine looks at the British Empire from a new perspective through the eyes of those who created and ruled it and offers fresh insight into the driving forces behind the Empire Arguing against the view.

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