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Science, race relations and resistance: Britain, 1870-1914

Douglas A. Lorimer


This study of the ‘colour question’, 1870-1914, offers a new account of the British Empire‘s most disturbing legacy. Following contradictions within the ideology of empire, the book provides a revisionist account of race in science, and an original narrative of the invention of the language of race relations, and of resistance to race-thinking. Constructions of race in both professional and popular science were rooted in the common culture, yet were presented as products of nature. Ironically, science only gained a larger public when imperialism, not nature, created a global pattern of racial ... More

Keywords: race, culture, nature, knowledge, sentiment, anti-slavery, empire, multi-racial, dissent, trusteeship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719033575
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719033575.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas A. Lorimer, author