Orb and Sceptre:
Studies in British Imperialism and Its Legacies, in Honour of Norman Etherington
Edited by Peter Limb
$19.95 sale price
Orb and Sceptre brings together recent cutting-edge work on British imperialism by Australian researchers closely associated with Norman Etherington, one of Australia's most eminent scholars in this field. Orb and Sceptre reflects the trajectory of British Empire history in the academy over the last forty years. Demands for new nationalist histories for decolonised territories have combined with renewed attention to the role of the periphery in the making and unmaking of empires. This has formed an explosive mix that has blown apart traditional conceptions of Empire and Commonwealth history.
The colonial construction of knowledge is a principal theme in Orb and Sceptre. Former colonies and dependencies looked to a fresh generation of historians to write their histories, generally conceived as grand narratives of escape from imperial shackles. At the same time, a new wave of scholars influenced by feminism, neo-Marxism, dependency theory and postcolonialism laid the groundwork for a renaissance in Empire and Commonwealth history. These historians have been rediscovering the links that continue to connect former colonies to their imperial pasts.
This book offers:
- A showcase of new studies in British Imperialism by Australian and international scholars, highlighting cutting-edge approaches and areas of interest from cultural studies to biography and landscape studies, as well as traditional areas such as political history, immigration, and military history;
- Exciting new research on Australian, Asian and African history; and
- A bibliography of the works of Norman Etherington.
The book is enlivened by a wide range of illustrative material, including photos, drawings and maps.
Orb and Sceptre is a festschrift in honour of Norman Etherington, one of Australia's most eminent scholars of imperialism.
About the editor
Peter Limb received his PhD from the University of Western Australia. He is Associate Professor (Adjunct) in the History Department at Michigan State University, where he is also Africana Bibliographer. His books include Nelson Mandela: A Biography (Greenwood, 2008), Digital Dilemmas and Solutions (Chandos, 2004), and, with Norman Etherington and Peter Midgely, Indigenous Responses to Colonialism (Brill, forthcoming). He has also written on Australian historian Fred Alexander and the history of the Australian antiapartheid movement.
- Tim Dymond, Community and Public Sector Union
- Norman Etherington, University of Western Australia
- Fiona Groenhout, independent scholar
- Jason Lim, Nanyang Technological University
- Peter Limb, Michigan State University
- Natalie Lloyd, University of Auckland
- Jennifer McGuire, corporate communication consultant
- Jeremy Martens, University of Western Australia
- Felicity Morel-Ednie Brown, University of Western Australia
- Ryôta Nishino, independent scholar
- Keith Smith, independent scholar
- Jennifer Weir, Murdoch University
For media inquiries, please contact our Marketing Coordinator, Sarah Cannon.
While many of our books are published online for free, this does not mean that the books are in the 'public domain': copyright laws do still apply.
Copyright for all material published on this site is owned or licensed exclusively to Monash University Publishing. All rights reserved. Apart from any uses permitted by Australia's Copyright Act 1968, no part of this book may be reproduced by any process or in any form without prior written permission of the copyright owners. Inquiries should be directed to the publisher, Monash University Publishing.
Readers are free to read, copy, download, print and display a work provided that:
• this is solely for personal use or use within the reader’s organisation;
• full acknowledgement is made of the author/s and the original copyright owner;
• the work is not used for any commercial gain in any form; and
• the reader in no way alters, transforms or builds on the work outside of its use in normal academic scholarship without the express permission of the author and publisher of the publication in question.
In all cases of re-use or distribution, readers or authors must make clear to others the license terms of the work. Enquiries should be directed to Monash University Publishing.
Authors of Monash University Publishing titles are not permitted to publish these works on any website other than their personal sites, without written permission from the publisher. Authors are encouraged to post the title of their book on any website and post links on any site that direct readers to the Monash University Publishing site.
Every effort has been made to obtain copyright permissions for the images reproduced in our publications. If you are a copyright owner of materials reproduced in one of our works and have concerns regarding their use please contact Monash University Publishing.