Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination 1830 - 1867
List of Maps and Illustrations.
Prologue: The Making of an Imperial Man.
St.Vincent and Antigua.
Part I: Colony and Metropole:.
Mapping Jamaica:the Pre-Emancipation World in the Metropolitan Mind.
1. The Missionary Dream 1820-1842:.
The Baptist Missionary Society and the Missionary Project.
Missionaries and Planters.
The War of Representation.
The Constitution of the New Black Subject.
The Free Villages.
2. Faultlines in the Family of Man 1842-1845:.
Native Agency and the Africa Mission.
The Baptist Family.
3. A Jamaica of the Mind 1820-1854:.
'A Place of Gloomy Darkness'.
4. Missionary Men and Morant Bay 1859-1866:.
Anthony Trollope and Mr.Secretary Underhill.
The Trials of Life.
Morant Bay and After.
Part II: Metropolis, Colony and Empire:.
Mapping the Midland Metropolis.
5. The 'Friends of the Negro': Baptists and Abolitionists 1825-42:.
The Baptists in Birmingham.
'Friends of the Negro'.
The Utopian Years.
6. The Limits of Friendship: Abolitionism in Decline 1842-59:.
'A Population Intellectually at Zero'.
George Dawson and the Politics of Race and Nationalism.
Troubles for the Missionary Public.
7. Town, Nation and Empire 1859-1867:.
"Civilising Subjects does for colonial history what E.P. Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class did for social history. It triumphantly achieves what many have hoped to do: show how empire impacted on metropolis while the home culture shaped colonial development. This is a work of great scholarship, but also of passion and imagination." Roy Porter, author of The Creation of the Modern World: The Untold Story of the British Enlightenment
'This is a brilliant piece of detective work, uncovering half-forgotten debates and hidden connections linking England and Jamaica in the first half of the Victorian era...The argument that all collective identities are formed through drawing up boundaries between "us" and inferior "others" has become a cliche...Hall is the first historian to give a really convincing account of how that happened. Her story also illuminates how West Indians, and their descendents in Britian, came to occupy such an ambivalent "inside-outsider" place in that picture. Civilising Subjects is not just important for historians of Britain and empire. Anyone concerned with issues of race, citizenship and identity in Britiain today can learn a great deal from it.' The Independent
"This book has the fine detail and rich colours of a Vermeer painting." Denis Judd, Historian, BBC History Magazine
"...a landmark text, bringing national and imperial history into conjunction and providing a significant contribution to the new cultural history. Civilising Subjects desrves to be widely read." Michael Pickering, Journal of Contemporary European Studies
"Civilising Subjects is a tour de force and promises to deepen our understanding of how Empire rebounded back on Britain."
"What a book! What a breeze of fresh air in British colonial history! Let there be no doubt about it: this book is cultural history at its best and most advanced."
Journal for the Study of British Cultures
- An outstanding account of empire and identity
- Uses real and intriguing stories to show how empire was constructed and understood
- Draws a fascinating picture of the mindset of English men and women of the period
- Written in a lively, engaging style, this book should have great appeal for all those interested in imperial history