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Mistress of EverythingQueen Victoria in Indigenous Worlds$
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Sarah Carter and Maria Nugent

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784991401

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784991401.001.0001

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‘My vast Empire & all its many peoples’: Queen Victoria’s imperial family

‘My vast Empire & all its many peoples’: Queen Victoria’s imperial family

(p.125) Chapter Five ‘My vast Empire & all its many peoples’: Queen Victoria’s imperial family
Mistress of Everything

Barbara Caine

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the nature and scope of Queen Victoria’s own interest in and engagement with her Empire. It begins with the observation that in the vast scholarship and popular literature on Queen Victoria there is remarkably little on the “question of empire,” including the monarch’s own ideas about and relations with her imperial “subjects.” This chapter challenges the conventional view that Victoria has little interest in empire and its colonies, and when she did her attention was only fleeting and intermittent. This chapter complicates that simplistic and superficial view by considering evidence in Victoria’s diaries along with the records of indigenous people with whom she had close relationships, including Pomare (Maori) and Cetshwayo (Africa). Victoria expressed both enthusiasm for imperial expansion, and a measure of sympathy for the victims of that expansion.

Keywords:   Queen Victoria, indigenous people, adoption, constitutional monarchy, New Zealand, Africa

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