Colonial Naval Culture and British Imperialism, 1922-67 by Spence Daniel Owen

By Spence Daniel Owen

among 1933 and 1941, fifteen indigenous naval forces have been raised in Britain's colonies, protectorates and mandate territories, and fought for the Empire throughout the moment international conflict. notwithstanding slightly receiving a footnote in the current historiography, if tested past naval approach and extra when it comes to the cultural flip, they supply a massive new lens for realizing imperial strength and colonial kinfolk on the twilight of the British Empire.

Through a transnational and comparative research of 'official' and 'subaltern' resources within the uk, the Caribbean, East Africa, East and Southeast Asia, this ebook examines for the 1st time the political, social and cultural impression of colonial naval forces. It explores their emergence in a weather of 'imperial overstretch' and geopolitical tensions, as bulwarks for keeping British 'prestige' opposed to rival imperialisms and colonial nationalisms; the significance of 'men at the spot', 'collaboration', 'naval theatre', 'invented traditions', and propaganda in mobilising colonial 'navalism'; the function of naval 'paternalism' and coaching in the 'civilising mission', and its social and monetary 'development' of colonial 'character'; and the way racial ideology and discourses of strength fostered a 'seafaring race' concept, influencing naval recruitment, method and administration, and affecting imperial sentiment, ethnic family members, colonial identities, customs and order.

This e-book hence appeals to imperial, maritime and neighborhood historians, and advances the cultural flip in these disciplines through broadening our realizing of navies as social and cultural associations, the place energy used to be expressed as a lot within the rules and family they cultivated, as throughout the barrels in their guns.

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