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Imperialism and Music.

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Published

Publication date2001
Place of publicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages534
ISBN (Print)0-7190-6143-1
Original languageEnglish

Bibliographic note

Imperialism and Music (2001) is the first book to attempt to explain how music of all kinds from classical to popular has expressed ideas about and promoted the concept of the British Empire during the period 1876-1953. This was recognized in the review by Professor Jeremy Dibble in T.H.E.S. (June 6, 2003): 'Jeffrey Richards' Imperialism and Music fills a major gap in our understanding of this complex and varied period'The force of his argument, which is carried by sheer weight of evidence, sees the era 'as it was' without the baggage of contemporary political or cultural reinterpretation'Not only does this make the book eminently readable but the exhaustive quantity of material cited'makes for a highly useful reference work'a compelling insight into a much-neglected area of British musical history.' The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History (4, 2003) called it 'a unique and encyclopaedic survey of a wide range of musical forms that gave expression both to British national identity and'an ethos of imperialism'. The Elgar Society Journal 12 (2002) called the book 'an example of excellent research and the use of that research in such a way as to immediately involve the reader'. Modernism/Modernity 10 (2003) said: 'with this absorbing study, Jeffrey Richards has opened up and signposted a rich field to further exploration'. RAE_import_type : Authored book RAE_uoa_type : History