De-Illustrating the History of the British Empire aims to offer a timely and inclusive contribution to the evolving cross-disciplinary scholarship that connects visual studies with British imperial historiography. The key purpose of this book is to introduce scholars and students of British imperial and Commonwealth history to a clearly presented and diversely themed evaluation of several "visual manuscripts" - images of all genres depicting particular events, personalities, social and cultural contexts - that document the development of some of the British imperial and post-colonial visual literacies history. The concept of "visual manuscripts" alongside theories of visual anthropology and memory studies are addressed across the entire volume thus allowing the readers to approach with greater ease the discourse on imperial iconography and historiography.
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Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes is Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology, a Member of the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement, and Official Fellow and Graduate Tutor at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.
1. Preliminary Perspectives
2. On Visual Rhetoric and British Imperial History
3. Art and Illustration: Re-viewing Empire
4. A Visual History of a Hidden Exploration of Mid-19th Century Tibet: the British Library's Wise Collection
5. Illustrating the Warriors of Empire
Philip John Hatfield
6. Selling British "Empire-Consciousness": Imperial Rhetoric and Advertising Poetics