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Reflections on the Concept of Imperial Biographies
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Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Abstract: This paper reflects on the use of biographies of mobile individuals as an approach to... mehr
Reflections on the Concept of Imperial Biographies
Abstract: This paper reflects on the use of biographies of mobile individuals as an approach to writing imperial history. It draws on works covering the British Empire published in the last decade or so, including the case study of Sir John Pope Hennessy (1834 –1891), a colonial governor in Asia, Africa and the Americas. The paper considers two assumptions for such work: the conceptualisation of the British Empire as a network and the use of mobile biographies as away of putting this model into practice. The latter part of the paper reviews recent research on imperial biographies. The overall aim is to bring greater clarity to the study of imperial biographies and to suggest future directions for such work.