Friday, June 18, 2010

Empires of the Imagination

by Holger Hoock

Excellent work. Lots of information to cover and at points the sheer quantity of detail on artistic figures gets a bit much, but overall this is a well written and well researched history. Its main argument--that British cultural and artistic patterns were more politized, nationalistic and imperial than generally recognized--is effective. The focus is on an earlier period than is my usual field of study, but the lines of continuity Hoock traces are clear, and the background context is provided effectively.

Better than: Writing at Russia’s Borders by Katya Hokanson
Worse than: Imperial Eyes by Mary Louise Pratt

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