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Illustrating Empire: A Visual History of British Imperialism

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Through more than 150 striking and original images from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera at the Bodleian Library, Illustrating Empire tells the history of the British Empire from the age of discovery through World War II. This wealth of visual material was used to promote, record, and celebrate the development of the Empire, which by 1922 included more than ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published May 15th 2011 by Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
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Priya
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If someone had invented a book just for me to have/read over the holidays, this would be it. I loved this book. It's beautiful, has exactly the sort of thing that amuses me and counts as "work". A couple of things:

1. There are illustrations of posters produced about the colonies and it's important to remember that for a lot of working class people in the colonial centre, these posters (and food packaging, adverts, newspaper inserts, etc) would be the only way they would know about the colonies.
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Yooperprof
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, imperialism, britain
Outstanding quality reproductions. I assigned this book in a 3rd year college course on the history of British Imperialism, and I believe that my students were able to learn a great deal from this kind of "primary source" collection.
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Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
The photos were very visual, colourful and almost told a story of their own.
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Ashley Jackson is a professor of imperial and military history in the Defence Studies Department at King's College London and a visiting fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford. Jackson is a specialist in the history of the British Empire.