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Coll Thrush

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300206302

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300206302.001.0001

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Civilization Itself Consents

Civilization Itself Consents

Disciplining Bodies in Imperial Suburbia, 1861–1914

(p.173) 6. Civilization Itself Consents
Indigenous London

Coll Thrush

Yale University Press

This chapter considers two moments—an ethnographic display of military regimentation from the third quarter of the nineteenth century, and an anti-modern jeremiad from the first years of the twentieth. Both involved North American Indigenous people and were deeply shaped by narratives of civilization and progress. But perhaps more importantly, both happened in a specific place and time: the late Victorian and Edwardian city, where particular kinds of urban development created new anxieties about London and its empire. These strands came together at a series of large-scale Indigenous spectacles in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A Seneca runner, a group of Aboriginal Australian cricketers, a Maori rugby side, and Lakota Wild West Show performers all riveted London, and their presence there speaks much not just about Indigenous visitors but about Victorian and Edwardian—and imperial—culture.

Keywords:   North America, Indigenous people, military regimentation, anti-modernism, civilization, urban development, London, Victorian culture, Edwardian cukture, imperial culture

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