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The Resource Engines of empire : steamships and the Victorian imagination, Douglas R. Burgess, Jr, (electronic resource)

Engines of empire : steamships and the Victorian imagination, Douglas R. Burgess, Jr, (electronic resource)

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Engines of empire : steamships and the Victorian imagination
Title
Engines of empire
Title remainder
steamships and the Victorian imagination
Statement of responsibility
Douglas R. Burgess, Jr
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Language
eng
Summary
In 1859, the S.S. Great Eastern departed from England on her maiden voyage. She was a remarkable wonder of the nineteenth century: an iron city longer than Trafalgar Square, taller than Big Ben's tower, heavier than Westminster Cathedral. Her paddles were the size of Ferris wheels; her decks could hold four thousand passengers bound for America, or ten thousand troops bound for the Raj. Yet she ended her days as a floating carnival before being unceremoniously dismantled in 1889. Steamships like the Great Eastern occupied a singular place in the Victorian mind. Crossing oceans, ferrying tourists and troops alike, they became emblems of nationalism, modernity, and humankind's triumph over the cruel elements. Throughout the nineteenth century, the spectacle of a ship's launch was one of the most recognizable symbols of British social and technological progress. Yet this celebration of the power of the empire masked overconfidence and an almost religious veneration of technology. Equating steam with civilization had catastrophic consequences for subjugated peoples around the world. Engines of Empire tells the story of the complex relationship between Victorians and their wondrous steamships, following famous travelers like Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Jules Verne as well as ordinary spectators, tourists, and imperial administrators as they cross oceans bound for the colonies. Rich with anecdotes and wry humor, it is a fascinating glimpse into a world where an empire felt powerful and anything seemed possible✹if there was an engine behind it.--
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Burgess, Douglas R.
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illustrations
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Steamboats
  • Steamboats
  • Steam-navigation
  • Passenger ships
  • Imperialism
  • Tourism
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Engines of empire : steamships and the Victorian imagination, Douglas R. Burgess, Jr, (electronic resource)
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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Contents
Introduction : annihilating space -- Phantasmagoria : steam and spectacle in the public sphere -- Selling the Mammoth : the commodification of wonder -- Leviathans : ships as fantasy -- Honor and glory crowning time : disaster sermons and the cult of technology -- Ordinary escapes : American steamboats and the masquerade of class -- One small iron country : social hierarchies on the North Atlantic -- Vandals abroad : travelogues and the pleasure cruise -- The dollars are coming : steam tourism and the transformation of space -- Tiffin for griffins : educating imperial administrators on the long voyage -- The floating Kaiser : steamships and national identity -- Sitting in darkness : critiquing imperialism from the top deck -- Conclusion : transportation is civilization
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ybp12975298
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unknown
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1 online resource (viii, 342 pages)
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online
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Use of this electronic resource may be governed by a license agreement which restricts use to the European University Institute community. Each user is responsible for limiting use to individual, non-commercial purposes, without systematically downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions of information, provided that all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials are retained. The use of software, including scripts, agents, or robots, is generally prohibited and may result in the loss of access to these resources for the entire European University Institute community
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9780804798983
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computer
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rdamedia.
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c
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remote
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(OCoLC)931861049
Label
Engines of empire : steamships and the Victorian imagination, Douglas R. Burgess, Jr, (electronic resource)
Link
http://ezproxy.eui.eu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=1194270
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction : annihilating space -- Phantasmagoria : steam and spectacle in the public sphere -- Selling the Mammoth : the commodification of wonder -- Leviathans : ships as fantasy -- Honor and glory crowning time : disaster sermons and the cult of technology -- Ordinary escapes : American steamboats and the masquerade of class -- One small iron country : social hierarchies on the North Atlantic -- Vandals abroad : travelogues and the pleasure cruise -- The dollars are coming : steam tourism and the transformation of space -- Tiffin for griffins : educating imperial administrators on the long voyage -- The floating Kaiser : steamships and national identity -- Sitting in darkness : critiquing imperialism from the top deck -- Conclusion : transportation is civilization
Control code
ybp12975298
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 342 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Use of this electronic resource may be governed by a license agreement which restricts use to the European University Institute community. Each user is responsible for limiting use to individual, non-commercial purposes, without systematically downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions of information, provided that all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials are retained. The use of software, including scripts, agents, or robots, is generally prohibited and may result in the loss of access to these resources for the entire European University Institute community
Isbn
9780804798983
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)931861049

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