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Exporting empireAfrica, colonial officials and the construction of the British imperial state, c.1900−39$
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Christopher Prior

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719083686

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719083686.001.0001

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An imperial education

An imperial education

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(p.35) Chapter Two An imperial education
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Exporting empire
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Christopher Prior

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719083686.003.0002

This chapter considers metropolitan attitudes and ideas about Africa and empire to which officials were exposed, both via formal training, and British culture more broadly. Such training was marked by a lack of specificity and an unwillingness on the part of those being trained to engage with the material. Nevertheless, that officials were exposed to imprecise ideas does not mean that officials registered in such ideas an irreconcilable tension between universalistic reform and a relativistic conservation of an African status quo. Officials learnt to love the empire without learning how.

Keywords:   Education, Training, Lord Lugard, Universalism, Relativism, Metropolitan culture

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