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ABC of Queen Victoria's Empire : Or a Primer of Conquest, Dissent and Disruption (Hardcover) (Antoinette
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An ABC of Queen Victoria's Empire offers a provocative rewriting of Mrs. Ernest Ames' ABCs for Baby Patriots (1899), in which she praises British imperial power and proclaims that, “E is our Empire/ Where the sun never sets.” Whimsically illustrated for the nursery or primary school, Ames' book demonstrates how deeply imperialism reached into popular culture during Victoria's reign.
This book offers a rather darker view of the ABCs of Victoria's empire, beginning with Afghanistan -- where the British waged two 19th century campaigns -- and ending in Zam-Zammeh, the large-bore cannon that Kipling's hero sat astride at the opening of his 1901 novel, Kim. It signposts some of the key events, concepts, places, and people that shaped the decidedly turbulent ground of empire across the long 19th century, providing a serious counterweight to the notion of imperial conquest as child's play.
With each letter accompanied by a crisp and accessible yet historically nuanced account of the item discussed, and containing 30 images, this refreshing account of the global effects of British imperialism is the perfect primer for students taking courses on global, imperial and British history.