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Empire and History Writing in Britain c. 1750–2012$
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Joanna de Groot

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090455

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090455.001.0001

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Conclusion: Conversations about Empire and History Writing

Conclusion: Conversations about Empire and History Writing

(p.269) Conclusion: Conversations about Empire and History Writing
Empire and History Writing in Britain c. 1750–2012

Joanna de Groot

Manchester University Press

The conclusion draws together the themes of the book, arguing that engagement with empire affected not only the subject matter of history writing but the language and assumptions used to explore and explain the past. The author stresses that a ‘diversity of voices’ can be seen in this investigation of historical writing, which increased with the enlargement of the forms and audiences for historical research from the mid-nineteenth century. However, it is argued that history writing is now being positioned as a commodity rather than as an intellectual endeavour. Nevertheless the chapter displays the continuing importance of the topic of empire within history writing, while cautioning that in order to do justice to the influence of imperial involvements in history writing we should attend to its associations with other influences.

Keywords:   Migration, Empire, British

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