Edwardian England and the Idea of Racial Decline: An Empire’s Future

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Try AbeBooks. Nevertheless, the medical history of the British empire is much more than the analysis of discourse. It has to explain the inescapable reality of mass mortality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The British in India did not, for instance, invent caste, but put their own interpretations on existing doctrines and practices.

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There is, however, still room for disagreements. The debate about empire and changing national identity in Britain is, for example, still open for that reason.


Studies of individuals or even of localities have revealed a high degree of awareness and commitment, but they have to be set against other evidence of mass ignorance or indifference. The subject as a whole can, however, only gain from such debates.

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There seems to be abundant room for both new and old within the spacious mansion of a vibrant imperial history. Professor Peter J. Back to top. I mperialism and empire are words suddenly in vogue again. There is a burgeoning of courses on empire and colonial studies in the UK as well as in the US. In there was an annual number of 47 historical publications relating to empire.

This had increased to by , and to over by reflecting the changing political climate as well as the general increase in history-related publishing. This growing interest has been fuelled by media exposure, notably Niall Ferguson's Empire TV series and book. Following the Prince of Wales summer school, calling to reinstate Britain's imperial past at the core secondary school curriculum, an article cited a teacher's opinion that 'tales from the imperial past would mean nothing to the many Balkan refugee children she teaches' Nicholas Pyke, The Guardian, 5 July I would endorse the call for the return of empire as part of the history curriculum, but more importantly, would urge all educators to consider contextualising their teaching and seek relevant links between the past and the present.

The past did not happen as a series of disconnected events that have somehow stopped to make way for the present, even though the way the National Curriculum is taught may make it seem that way.

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It is dispiriting that teachers hopefully a minority do not see the general relevance and issues raised in a year period that was so globally significant, affecting a quarter of the world's surface and people. Perhaps it is not a lack of vision, but a continuing unease with the issues raised by the imperial legacy?

Embarrassment aside, it is a surprising lack of insight not to recognize some of the patterns of the past resonating in today's Pax Americana and in global issues of the displacement of people and asylum seekers. There is also a startling failure fuelled, I believe, by ignorance to understand the legacy of the British empire reflected in the multi-cultural Britain in which we live today and to which refugees continue to come to be assimilated.

Both historians and our museum visitors seem to be further ahead in their thinking. Linda Colley was quoted in the Times 17 August , in the context of Iraq as saying: History has a way of reminding you and it would have been useful if people had thought more about the British empire in the Middle East in the early twentieth century and how difficult that had been before embarking on this. I think George Bush, and indeed Tony Blair, should sit down with a history book.

This has a place in our history. The history of empires including but not exclusively concerning the British , the control, the conflicts and the stories of migration involved in those histories are being mirrored throughout the world today and I believe are particularly relevant to refugees and asylum seekers. For many young people, particularly black and other minority groups, the school syllabus does not help them understand their own sense of self and their heritage: 'Thanks for showing me a part of history my school has completely ignored', Nick L.

The museum engenders in its visitors both an emotional response and a degree of empathy no matter what your personal perspective:.

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The narrative of empire provides a framework for understanding many of the issues of the past, as well as those that continue to confront society today. In our active schools' programme we do not teach empire for empire's sake. Students can embark on one of our 'learning journeys' exploring historical topics such as Tudor navigation, Victorian trade, or war and the Commonwealth.

They can take part in art and textile workshops, inspired by artefacts from India or Africa, or look at global education issues such as poverty and fair trade. The history of empire contextualizes so much else, and looking back to see what happened in the past can help us make sense of the present and look forward to the future: 'A wonderful museum. Our future is moulded by our past and it is so important for us all to understand where we came from. It is up to us all to move on and create a better world. The ongoing legacy of empire is, of course, the multi-cultural society in which we live, as well as our language, sport, food, dress and of course, our politics.

It can therefore inform our understanding of how people perceive Britain today on the world stage. One example of how shortsighted our view of our 'place in the world' is shown by the limited awareness there is among the general public regarding the historical basis of the Commonwealth. It exists as a significant non-political system for sharing education and technology, promoting international understanding and world peace across 54 independent states.

It consists of 1. Another example is the limited knowledge of the consequences of our colonial involvement in various territories. Britain saw no solution to the Jewish-Arab conflict which still continues today and withdrew its forces in An oral history project on the Palestine police drawn from Arab, Jewish and British backgrounds carried out with Oxford University will help improve public awareness of some of this history and the ongoing issues that derive from this British involvement.

Given that the aim of the museum is to present neither a celebratory nor a condemnatory picture of the empire, the overwhelmingly positive press reviews since it opened suggest some measure of success. It has been described as 'a valuable and accessible narrative, imaginatively and carefully told' Gary Younge, 'Distant voices, still lives', The Guardian, 2 November , and 'a brilliant new museum' Radio 4.

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Linda Colley suggested in the Sunday Telegraph 27 October that there are valuable lessons to be learnt from exploring such a history:. With such a vast story to tell, there is little space for celebrating the richness of multi-racial Britain today: over languages and at least 14 faiths that exist among the population of 60 million. The Museum covers stories of mass movements of people, from slavery, to indentured labour, partition and the two World Wars.

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