Macaulay and Son by Catherine Hall
Architects of Imperial Britain

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Hall's scholarly prose stands at some odds with her interest in Macaulay's inner life. How much richer a sense might we get of his complex family attachments...if she quoted more amply from his writings?
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Thomas Babington Macaulay's History of England was a phenomenal Victorian best-seller which shaped much more than the literary culture of the times: it defined a nation's sense of self, charting the rise of the British Isles to its triumph as a homogenous nation, a safeguard of the freedom of belief and expression, and a central world power. In this book Catherine Hall explores the emotional, intellectual, and political roots of Thomas Macaulay’s vision of England, tracing the influence of his father’s career as a colonial governor and drawing illuminating comparisons between the two men.

 

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Catherine Hall is professor of history at University College London. She is the author of the prize-winning Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination 1830-1867.
 
Published September 14, 2012 by Yale University Press. 429 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel.
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Reviewed by Maya Jasanoff on Dec 21 2012

Hall's scholarly prose stands at some odds with her interest in Macaulay's inner life. How much richer a sense might we get of his complex family attachments...if she quoted more amply from his writings?

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