By exploring the dimensions of race, race relations and resistance, this book offers a new account of the British Empire's greatest failure and its most disturbing legacy. Using a wide range of published and archival sources, this study of racial discourse from 1870 to 1914 argues that race, then as now, was a contested territory within the metropolitan culture. Based on a wide range of published and archival sources, this book uncovers the conflicting opinions that characterised late Victorian and Edwardian discourse on the 'colour question'. It offers a revisionist account of race in science, and provides original studies of the invention of the language of race relations and of resistance to race-thinking led by radical abolitionists and persons of Asian and African descent living in the United Kingdom.
Part I. Introduction -- 1. Rethinking Victorian racism -- 2. Imperial contradictions : assimilation and separate development -- part II. Science and race -- 3. From institutional foundations to applied anthropology, 1871-1914 -- 4. Race, popular science and empire -- part III. The language of race relations -- 5. From colour prejudice to race relations -- 6. The colour question : 'The greatest difficulty in the British Empire' (1900-14) -- part IV. Resistance -- 7. Resistance : initiatives and obstacles, 1870-1914 -- 8. Conclusion
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