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Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media

Media and the British Empire

Editors: Kaul, C. (Ed.)

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'The only true history of a country', wrote Thomas Macaulay, 'is to be found in its newspapers'. This book explores how the media shaped and defined the economic, social, political and cultural dynamics of the British Empire by viewing it from the perspective of the colonised as well as the colonisers.

About the authors

ALAIN CANUEL Researcher PHILIP CASS Acting Assistant Dean, College of Communication and Media Sciences, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE DENIS CRYLE Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies, Central Queensland University, Australia ROSS HARVEY Professor of Library and Information Management, Charles Sturt University, Australia DEANA HEATH Lecturer in South Asian and World History, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland JOHN LAMBERT Associate Professor, Department of History, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa JOANNA LEWIS Lecturer in Imperial and African History, Department of International History, London School of Economics, UK SU LIN LEWIS Researcher JOHN M. MACKENZIE Professor Emeritus of Imperial History, Lancaster University, UK PHILIP MURPHY Reader in Imperial and Commonwealth History, University of Reading, UK TIM PRATT Researcher IAN ST. JOHN Researcher MARK TULLY Researcher SUSAN WILLIAMS Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, UK PHILIP WOODS Lecturer in History, Thames Valley University, UK

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"Media and the British Empire is a wide-ranging and fascinating collection of essays, which describe and examine the role of the media in the empire during the 19th and 20th centuries. As some of the contributions dramatically illustrate, that role was extremely significant." - Bill Kirkman, The Round Table

"Media and the British Empire is thoroughly interdisciplinary. It innovatively integrates media and imperial politics across the colonies, as well as within them, and synthesizes specific incidents with theoretical explorations of media permeability that permitted local and even individual voices to resist imperial power. These essays, conveying how Victorian press developments persisted well into the twentieth century, offer incisive, counter-intuitive insights into the ways national and class identities cohere and diffuse around the reporting of events. Despite collaborations with the politically powerful, media do not fully control news reception and can be undone by rumor or individual persistence. Without erasing realities of imperial repression, this excellent anthology reassesses empire as non-monolithic, dialogic, dialectical processes subject to highly nuanced metropolitan and colonial imperial media variables to expand our understanding of the complex textures of imperial media." - Julie F. Codell, Victorian Studies


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introductory Survey

    Kaul, Chandrika

    Pages 1-19

  • ‘To Enlighten South Africa’: The Creation of a Free Press at the Cape in the Early Nineteenth Century

    MacKenzie, John M.

    Pages 20-36

  • ‘The thinking is done in London’: South Africa’s English Language Press and Imperialism

    Lambert, John

    Pages 37-54

  • ‘The Old Pals’ Protection Society’? The Colonial Office and the British Press on the Eve of Decolonisation

    Lewis, Joanna (et al.)

    Pages 55-69

  • The Media and the Exile of Seretse Khama: The Bangwato vs. the British in Bechuanaland, 1948–56

    Williams, Susan

    Pages 70-87

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Media and the British Empire
Editors
  • C. Kaul
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-20514-7
DOI
10.1057/9780230205147
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-4882-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-35831-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-52522-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 266
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