London 1900 by Professor Jonathan Schneer
The Imperial Metropolis

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In 1900 London was the capital of an empire that spanned the globe. This engrossing book is the first to examine the powerful city and its relationship with the British empire at the turn of the century.
 

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Published August 11, 1999 by Yale University Press. 350 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Yet while the horns of African rhinos and skins of Canadian seals piled up alongside mineral and material wealth taken in “tribute” from the West Indies, South Africa, Australia, India, etc., Schneer produces those who defied the “continual barrage of imperialist propaganda.” Beginning with half ...

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But he offers a lively portrait of a city that was not just the capital of a country but the capital of the world in a way that perhaps no other city has ever been.

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Keeping his distance from urban theory and from structural analyses, Schneer focuses instead upon imperial spaces -- City, docks, museums, and zoo -- and upon events, such as the Pan-African Congress of 1900, tracing in them late Victorian debates about empire.

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Subscribing to the premise that "imperial ideas served to buttress sexism in London" (121), Schneer notes the attempts of four London women -- Lady Dorothy Nevill, Lady Susan Talbot Londonderry, Flora Shaw, and Mary Kingsley--"to re-limn the borderlines of feminine gender roles in their city" (121).

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