Royal Subjects, Imperial Citizens: The Making of British Imperial Culture, 1860-1901
Price, Richard N
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The dissertation explores the development of global identities in the nineteenth-century British Empire through one particular device of colonial rule - the royal tour. Colonial officials and administrators sought to encourage loyalty and obedience on part of Queen Victoria's subjects around the world through imperial spectacle and personal interaction with the queen's children and grandchildren. The royal tour, I argue, created cultural spaces that both settlers of European descent and colonial people of color used to claim the rights and responsibilities of imperial citizenship. The dissertation, then, examines how the royal tours were imagined and used by different historical actors in Britain, southern Africa, New Zealand, and South Asia. My work builds on a growing historical literature about "imperial networks" and the cultures of empire. In particular, it aims to understand the British world as a complex field of cultural encounters, exchanges, and borrowings rather than a collection of unitary paths between Great Britain and its colonies.