Empires of the Imagination
Politics, War, and the Arts in the British World, 1750-1850
This scholarly yet highly accessible book illuminates the manifold ways in which the culture of power and the power of culture were interwoven and shaped the character of British public life.
About the book
Between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries, Britain evolved from a substantial international power yet relative artistic backwater into a global superpower and a leading cultural force in Europe. In this original and wide-ranging book, Hoock illuminates the manifold ways in which the culture of power and the power of culture were interwoven in this period of dramatic change. Britons invested artistic and imaginative effort to come to terms with the loss of the American colonies; to sustain the generation-long fight against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France; and to assert and legitimate their growing empire in India. Demonstrating how Britain fought international culture wars over prize antiquities from the Mediterranean and Near East, the book explores how Britons appropriated ancient cultures from the Mediterranean, the Near East, and India, and casts a fresh eye on iconic objects such as the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon Marbles.
A bold, provocative and ambitious book ... it presents a wide perspective on an exceptionally significant era for the British world
An excellent book, brimming with insights and splendid illustrations ... a sumptuous treat indeed
Chock full of vivid case studies ... beautifully done
Beautifully produced, closely argued and deeply researched ... an important, weighty book. It deserves close scrutiny and a warm reception.
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