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The Cultural Work of Empire: The Seven Years' War and the Imagining of the Shandean State

Carol Watts


This book argues that the Seven Years' War (1756–63) produced an intense historical consciousness within British cultural life regarding the boundaries of belonging to community, family and nation. Global warfare prompts a radical re-imagining of the state and the subjectivities of those who inhabit it. Laurence Sterne's distinctive writing provides a remarkable route through the transformations of mid-eighteenth-century British culture. The risks of war generate unexpected freedoms and crises in the making of domestic imperial subjects, which will continue to reverberate in anti-slavery strug ... More

Keywords: Seven Years' War, global warfare, Laurence Sterne, colonial conflict, moral philosophers, philanthropists, Kauffman, Hayman, Wright of Derby, empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748625642
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625642.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Watts, author