1st Edition

Expanding Nationalisms at World's Fairs Identity, Diversity, and Exchange, 1851-1915

Edited By David Raizman, Ethan Robey Copyright 2018
    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 90 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Expanding Nationalisms at World’s Fairs: Identity, Diversity, and Exchange, 1851–1915 introduces the subject of international exhibitions to art and design historians and a wider audience as a resource for understanding the broad and varied political meanings of design during a period of rapid industrialization, developing nationalism, imperialism, expanding trade and the emergence of a consumer society. Its chapters, written by both established and emerging scholars, are global in scope, and demonstrate specific networks of communication and exchange among designers, manufacturers, markets and nations on the modern world stage from the second half of the nineteenth century into the beginning of the twentieth.

    Within the overarching theme of nationalism and internationalism as revealed at world’s fairs, the book’s essays will engage a more complex understanding of ideas of competition and community in an age of emergent industrial capitalism, and will investigate the nuances, contradictions and marginalized voices that lie beneath the surface of unity, progress, and global expansion.

    List of Illustrations

    List of Contributors

    Introduction Communities Real and Imagined: World’s Fairs and Political Meanings
    David Raizman and Ethan Robey

    1. East Meets West: Re-Presenting the Islamic World at the Nineteenth-Century World’s Fairs
    Debra Hanson

    2. From London to Paris (via Cairo): The World Expositions and the Making of a Modern Architect, 1862-1867
    Christian A. Hedrick

    3. The Belgian Reception of Italy at the 1885 Antwerp World Exhibition: Converging Artistic, Economic, and Political Strategies on Display
    Daniela N. Prina

    4. A Danish Spectacle: Balancing National Interests at the 1888 Nordic Exhibition of Industry, Agriculture and Art in Copenhagen
    Jørn Guldberg

    5. A Neoclassical Translation: The Hôôden at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition
    Hannah L. Sigur  

    6. Paris, 1900: The Musée Centennal du Mobilier et de la Décoration and the Formulation of a Nineteenth-Century National Design Identity
    Anca I. Lasc

    7. "Our Country Has Never Been as Popular as It Is Now!": Finland at the 1900 Exposition Universelle 
    Bart Pushaw

    8. "A Revelation of Grace and Pride": Cultural Memory and International Aspiration in Early Twentieth-Century Hungarian Design
    Rebecca Houze

    9. When the Local is the Global: Case Studies in Early Twentieth-Century Chinese Exposition Projects
    Susan R. Fernsebner

    10. The 1910 Centenary Exhibition in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay: Manufacturing Fine Art and Cultural Diplomacy in South America
    M. Elizabeth Boone




    David Raizman is Distinguished University Professor of Art and Art History in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

    Ethan Robey is Assistant Professor of the History of Decorative Arts and Design at Parsons School of Design, and Associate Director of the MA Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Study run by Parsons and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.