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Between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries, Britain evolved from a substantial international power yet relative artistic backwater into a global superpower and a leading cultural force in Europe. In this original and wide-ranging book, Hoock illuminates the manifold ways in which the culture of power and the power of culture were interwoven in this period of dramatic change. Britons invested artistic and imaginative effort to come to terms with the loss of the American colonies; to sustain the generation-long fight against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France; and to assert and legitimate their growing empire in India. Demonstrating how Britain fought international culture wars over prize antiquities from the Mediterranean and Near East, the book explores how Britons appropriated ancient cultures from the Mediterranean, the Near East, and India, and casts a fresh eye on iconic objects such as the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon Marbles.
Table of Contents
|List of Plates and Illustrations||p. xxiv|
|Introduction: Sinews of Power and Empires of the Imagination||p. 1|
|Abu Taleb in London, 1800||p. 1|
|Concepts and Arguments||p. 11|
|Themes: Politicisation, Commemoration, Collecting||p. 20|
|Prelude. London, Autumn 1761: The King Shall Rejoice||p. 23|
|War, Art, and Commemoration (c.1750-1815)|
|Nationalising a Site of Memory||p. 40|
|A Civil and a Global War||p. 45|
|The Art of Remembering and Forgetting||p. 48|
|Melted Majesty||p. 49|
|Compensatory Triumphalism||p. 57|
|Undaunted Briton or Sentimental Spy?||p. 60|
|Damage Control||p. 67|
|Private Grief and Pride||p. 71|
|'There will scarcely be a village in England without some American dust in it'||p. 75|
|Transatlantic Journeys||p. 83|
|Janus-Faced Patriots: Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley||p. 85|
|Pragmatic Loyalists? Ralph Earl and Mather Brown||p. 97|
|British Radicals: James Barry and Robert Edge Pine||p. 100|
|'The peaceful muse outweighs political warfare': Charles Willson Peale||p. 104|
|'To his country he gave his sword and his pencil': John Trumbull||p. 109|
|Interlude. London, Spring and Summer 1784||p. 117|
|Britain, Europe, Empire||p. 131|
|'Pretensions to Permanency'||p. 132|
|A Temple of British Fame||p. 132|
|The Politics of Glory||p. 144|
|Partisan Immortality||p. 147|
|Who's Allowed to be a Hero?||p. 151|
|Modern Heroes||p. 162|
|Naked Captains||p. 163|
|Bodily Sacrifice||p. 169|
|Christian Warriors||p. 172|
|Codes of Masculinity||p. 179|
|'The conquering hero comes - Dead! Dead!'||p. 184|
|Coda: Imperial Sites of Memory||p. 188|
|Empire, Archaeology, and Collecting (c.1760-c.1850)|
|The Mediterranean and the Near East||p. 205|
|Public-Private Partnerships||p. 207|
|The Spoils of War||p. 219|
|'Memorable Trophies of National Glory'||p. 219|
|'Friends of Greece'||p. 227|
|Spoliation or Preservation?||p. 231|
|Antique Diplomacy||p. 243|
|Triumph at Xanthus||p. 243|
|The Lion of Nineveh||p. 252|
|The Wonders of the World||p. 265|
|Empire, Culture, Knowledge||p. 274|
|The Outward Appearance of Power||p. 276|
|Indomania and Orientalism||p. 283|
|Antiquities of India||p. 288|
|Learned Officialdom and the Analogy of Science||p. 294|
|Picturesque Patriotism||p. 300|
|Closet Archaeologists and Pioneers in the Field||p. 306|
|Surveying the Empire||p. 315|
|The Great Mysore Survey of 1799-1809||p. 316|
|The Java Expedition of 1811-16||p. 324|
|Research Management||p. 328|
|Guiltless or Ruthless Spoliation?||p. 330|
|Outlook: The Responsibilities of Empire (c.1844-1900)||p. 342|
|Capital of Culture (1815-c.1850)|
|Pomp and Circumstance in London||p. 353|
|Victory and Dynasty||p. 355|
|The English Titian||p. 359|
|London Triumphant||p. 361|
|Art for the Nation||p. 372|
|Conclusions: Cultural Politics, State, War, and Empire||p. 380|
|Epilogue: Empires Imagined at the Great Exhibition||p. 386|
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