1st Edition

The Great War and the British Empire Culture and society

Edited By Michael Walsh, Andrekos Varnava Copyright 2017
    334 Pages
    by Routledge

    334 Pages 70 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In 1914 almost one quarter of the earth's surface was British. When the empire and its allies went to war in 1914 against the Central Powers, history's first global conflict was inevitable. 

    It is the social and cultural reactions to that war and within those distant, often overlooked, societies which is the focus of this volume. From Singapore to Australia, Cyprus to Ireland, India to Iraq and around the rest of the British imperial world, further complexities and interlocking themes are addressed, offering new perspectives on imperial and colonial history and theory, as well as art, music, photography, propaganda, education, pacifism, gender, class, race and diplomacy at the end of the pax Britannica.

    List of Figures

    Notes on Contributors

    Foreword: Richard Cork: ‘Hyde Park Corner: Imperial Triumph and Tragedy’

    Part I: The Great War and the British Empire

    Chapter 1: ‘The Great War and the British Empire: Conflict, Culture, and Memory’, Michael Walsh and Andrekos Varnava

    Chapter 2 ‘The First World War and the Cultural, Political, and Environmental Transformation of the British Empire’, John MacKenzie

    Part II: Imperial Responses, Identities and Culture

    Chapter 3: ‘The ‘Kaiser Cartoon’, 1914–1918: A Transnational Comic Art Genre’, Richard Scully

    Chapter 4: ‘Musical Entertainment and the British Empire, 1914–1918’, E. L Hanna

    Chapter 5: ‘"We New Zealanders pride ourselves most of all upon loyalty to our Empire, our Country, our Flag": Internalised Britishness and National Character in New Zealand’s First World War Propaganda’ Greg Hynes

    Chapter 6: ‘Heligoland: Between the Lion and the Eagle’ Jan Asmussen

    Chapter 7: ‘Imperial Austerlitz: The Singapore Strategy and the Culture of Victory, 1917–1924’, William Matthew Kennedy

    Part III: Art, Memory and Forgetting

    Chapter 8: ‘Our Warrior Brown Brethran: Identity and Difference in Images of Non-White Soldiers serving with the British Army in British Art of the First World War.’ Jonathan Black

    Chapter 9: ‘The Imagining of Mesopotamia/Iraq in British Art in the Aftermath of the Great War’, Tim Buck

    Chapter 10: ‘Spaces of Conflict and Ambivalent Attachments: Irish Artists Visualize the Great War’, Nuala Johnson

    Chapter 11: ‘Empire and Nation in Canadian and Australian First World War Exhibitions, 1917-1922’, Jennifer Wellington

    Chapter 12: ‘A Tribute to the British Empire: Lowell Thomas’s With Allenby in Palestine and Lawrence in Arabia’, Justin Fantauzzo

    Chapter 13: ‘An Architecture of Imperial Ambivalence: The Patcham Chattri’, Tim Barringer

    Chapter 14: ‘The Great War’s Impact on Imperial Delhi: Commemorating Wartime Sacrifice in the Colonial Built Environment’, David Johnson

    Chapter 15: ‘Sounds from the Trenches: Australian Composers and the Great War’, Andrew Harrison

    Chapter 16: ‘Brutalised’ veterans and tragic anti-heroes: Masculinity, Crime and Post-War Trauma in Boardwalk Empire and Peaky Blinders’, Evan Smith

    Chapter 17: ‘The Politics of Forgetting the Cypriot Mule Corps’, Andrekos Varnava


    Michael J.K. Walsh is Associate Professor in Art History, at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has primarily published on English painting in the first two decades of the 20th century and the art and conservation of Famagusta, Cyprus.

    Andrekos Varnava is Associate Professor in Imperial and Military History, Flinders University, Australia. He is author of British Imperialism in Cyprus, 1878–1915: The Inconsequential Possession (2009; paperback 2012).