After the Imperial Turn: Thinking with and through the Nation

After the Imperial Turn: Thinking with and through the Nation

By: Antoinette Burton (editor)Hardback

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From a variety of historically grounded perspectives, After the Imperial Turn assesses the fate of the nation as a subject of disciplinary inquiry. In light of the turn toward scholarship focused on imperialism and postcolonialism, this provocative collection investigates whether the nation remains central, adequate, or even possible as an analytical category for studying history. These twenty essays, primarily by historians, exemplify cultural approaches to histories of nationalism and imperialism even as they critically examine the implications of such approaches. While most of the contributors discuss British imperialism and its repercussions, the volume also includes, as counterpoints, essays on the history and historiography of France, Germany, Spain, and the United States. Whether looking at the history of the passport or the teaching of history from a postnational perspective, this collection explores such vexed issues as how historians might resist the seduction of national narratives, what-if anything-might replace the nation's hegemony, and how even history-writing that interrogates the idea of the nation remains ideologically and methodologically indebted to national narratives. Placing nation-based studies in international and interdisciplinary contexts, After the Imperial Turn points toward ways of writing history and analyzing culture attentive both to the inadequacies and endurance of the nation as an organizing rubric. Contributors. Tony Ballantyne, Antoinette Burton, Ann Curthoys, Augusto Espiritu, Karen Fang, Ian Christopher Fletcher, Robert Gregg, Terri Hasseler, Clement Hawes, Douglas M. Haynes, Kristin Hoganson, Paula Krebs, Lara Kriegel, Radhika Viyas Mongia, Susan Pennybacker, John Plotz, Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Heather Streets, Hsu-Ming Teo, Stuart Ward, Lora Wildenthal, Gary Wilder

About Author

Antoinette Burton is Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, Department of History, University of Illinois. Among her books are Dwelling in the Archive: Women Writing House, Home, and History in Late Colonial India and At the Heart of the Empire: Indians and the Colonial Encounter in Late-Victorian Britain.


Acknowledgments ix Introduction: On the Inadequacy and the Indispensability of the Nation / Antoinette Burton 1 1. Nations, Empires, Disciplines: Thinking beyond the Boundaries Rethinking British Studies: Is There Life after Empire? / Susan D. Pennybacker 27 Transcending the Nation: A Global Imperial History? / Stuart Ward 44 Empire and "the Nation": Institutional Practice, Pedagogy, and Nation in the Classroom / Heather Streets 57 We've Just Started Making National Histories, and You Want Us to Stop Already? / Ann Curthoys 70 Losing Our Way after the Imperial Turn: Charting Academic Uses of the Postcolonial / Terri A. Hasseler and Paula M. Krebs 90 Rereading the Archive and Opening up the Nation-State: Colonial Knowledge in South Asia (and Beyond) / Tony Ballantyne 102 2. Fortresses and Frontiers: Beyond and Within Unthinking French History: Colonial Studies beyond National Identity / Gary Wilder 125 Notes on a History of "Imperial Turns" in Modern Germany / Lora Wildenthal 144 After "Spain": A Dialogue with Josep M. Fradera on Spanish Colonial Historiography / Christopher Schmidt-Nowara 157 Making the World Safe for American History / Robert Gregg 170 Asian American Global Discourses and the Problem of History / Augusto Espiritu 186 Race, Nationality, Mobility: A History of the Passport / Radhika Viyas Mongia 196 3. Reorienting the Nation: Logics of Empire, Colony, Globe Periodizing Johnson: Anticolonial Modernity as Crux and Critique / Clement Hawes 217 The Pudding and the Palace: Labor, Print Culture, and Imperial Britain in 1851 / Lara Kriegel 230 Double Meanings: Nation and Empire in the Edwardian Era / Ian Christopher Fletcher 246 The Fashionable World: Imagined Communities of Dress / Kristin Hoganson 260 The Romance of White Nations: Imperialism, Popular Culture, and National Histories / Hsu-Ming Teo 279 Britain's Finest: The Royal Hong Kong Police / Karen Fang 293 One-Way Traffic: George Lamming and the Portable Empire / John Plotz 308 The Whiteness of Civilization: The Transatlantic Crisis of White Supremacy and British Television Programming in the United States in the 1970s / Douglas M. Haynes 324 Selected Bibliography 343 About the Contributors 357 Index 361

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  • ISBN13: 9780822331063
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9780822331063
  • weight: 726
  • ISBN10: 0822331063

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