Breaking open colonization to reveal tangled cultural and economic networks, Webs of Empire offers new paths into colonial history. Linking Gore and Chicago, Maori and Asia, India and newspapers, whalers and writing, Ballantyne presents empire building as a spreading web of connected places, people, ideas, and trade. These links question narrow, national stories, while broadening perspectives on the past and the legacies of colonialism that persist today. Bringing together essays from two decades of prolific publishing on international colonial history, Webs of Empire establishes Tony Ballantyne as one of the leading historians of the British Empire.
Tony Ballantyne is a professor of history, head of the Department of History and Art History, and director of the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture at the University of Otago in New Zealand.
Preface: Connections, Comparisons and Commonalities Note on Language and Usage Introduction: Relocating Colonial Histories Reframing Colonialism 1 Race and the Webs of Empire Connections 2 Writing Out Asia 3 Teaching Maori About Asia 4 India in New Zealand 5 Te Anu's Story Empire 6 Sealers, Whalers and the Entanglements of Empire 7 Christianity, Colonialism and Cross-Cultural Communication 8 War, Knowledge and the Crisis of Empire Writing 9 Archives, Empires and Histories of Colonialism 10 Mr. Peal's Archive 11 Paper, Pen and Print 12 Writing and the Culture of Colonisation Place 13 Thinking Local 14 On Place, Space and Mobility Conclusion: Writing the Colonial Past Editorial Note Endnotes Index