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Imperial Boredom: Monotony and the British Empire

Jeffrey A. Auerbach

Abstract

Imperial Boredom offers a radical reconsideration of the British Empire during its heyday in the nineteenth century. Challenging the long-established view that the empire was about adventure and excitement, with heroic men and intrepid women settling new lands and spreading commerce and civilization around the globe, this analysis instead argues that boredom was central to the experience of empire. It looks at what it was actually like to sail to Australia, to serve as a soldier in South Africa, or to accompany a colonial official to the hill stations of India, arguing that for numerous men an ... More

Keywords: boredom, monotony, banality, British Empire, travel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198827375
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198827375.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey A. Auerbach, author
Professor of History, California State University, Northridge

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