By Spence Daniel Owen
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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