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Royal tourists, colonial subjects and the making of a British world, 1860-1911$
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Charles V. Reed

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097010

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097010.001.0001

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Postscript and conclusion

Postscript and conclusion

(p.191) Postscript and conclusion
Royal tourists, colonial subjects and the making of a British world, 1860-1911

Charles V. Reed

Manchester University Press

The final chapter examines the royal tour through the lens of the 1911 coronation durbar and its aftermath. It argues that the durbar represented both the political and cultural pinnacle of the ritual apparatus developed during the second half of the nineteenth century, but also the ways in which it was unravelling in the years before the First World War. It also demonstrated how imperial culture was made by complex modes of reception and appropriation, how ideas about empire, citizenship, and identity were forged in encounters and experiences ‘on the ground’, as it were, and how colonial knowledge was always imperfect and partial.

Keywords:   coronation durbar, George V, decolonization, anti-colonial nationalism

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