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Prof. John M. MacKenzie
Author and Historian of Empire
Exhibiting the Empire Cultures of display and the British Empire Jointly edited and introduced (‘Cultures of display and the British Empire’) with John McAleer, University of Southampton. Includes a chapter by John MacKenzie on the Delhi Durbar, 1911. (Manchester University Press, 2015) This book considers how a wide range of cultural products were used to record, celebrate and question the development of the British Empire. It is a significant and original contribution to our understanding of the relationship between culture and empire, and individual chapters bring fresh perspectives to the interpretation of media, material culture and display. Scotland, empire and decolonisation in the twentieth century Jointly edited and introduced by John M. MacKenzie and Bryan Glass (Texas State University). Includes additional chapter by John MacKenzie: ‘David Livingstone, the Scottish cultural and political revival and the end of empire in Africa’. (Manchester University Press, 2015) This volume represents one of the first attempts to examine the connection between Scotland and the British Empire throughout the 20th century. At the start of the period Scotland’s economy was strongly connected to empire in industry, trade and investment, but by the end of the century its economy, politics and society had endured major upheavals, which many connected with decolonisation. The chapters in this volume, written by distinguished scholars, represent ground-breaking research on Scotland’s complex and developing relationship with the empire. The introduction that opens the collection will be viewed as the single most important historiographical statement  on Scotland and empire during the tumultuous years of the 20th century. European empires and the people Popular responses to imperialism in France, Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Italy John M. MacKenzie (ed.), Giuseppe Finaldi, Bernhard Gissibl, Vincent Kuitenbreuer, Berny Sèbe, Matthew Stanard. (Manchester University Press, 2011) This is the first book to survey in comparative form the transmission of imperial ideas to the public in six European countries in the 19th and 20th centuries. It illustrates the manner in which colonial ambitions and events in these respective national empires were given wider popular visibility. The several international co-authors in this project place their work in the context of government policy, major national events, the economics behind imperial expansion, military and religious impulses, the emergence of myths of heroic action in exotic contexts and the new media which facilitated popular imperialism: the press, international exhibitions, popular literature, educational institutions and methods, ceremonies, church sermons and lectures, monuments, art and much else. Some attempt is made to gauge public responses in terms of voting patterns and government popularity, and in the spheres of economic and social development bound up with industrialisation, commerce, employment and emigration. Fascinating similarities and disparities emerge, but reveal that imperialism often constituted a dominant ideology in these countries. Scotland and the British Empire Edited with T.M. Devine, Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series. (Oxford University Press, 2011) The extraordinary influence of the Scots in the British Empire has long been recognised, and this involvement has also had a profound effect upon many aspects of Scottish society. This volume of essays, written by notable scholars in the field, examines the role of Scots in central aspects of the Atlantic and imperial economies from the 18th to the 20th centuries. It encompasses East India Company rule in India, migration and the preservation of ethnic identities, the environment, the army, missionary and other religious activities, intellectual achievements and the dissemination of ideas, and the production of a distinctive literature rooted in colonial experience. Making use of recent innovative research, the chapters demonstrate that an understanding of the profoundly interactive relationship between Scotland and the Empire is vital for an understanding of the histories of that country and of many British imperial territories. Scholars and general readers alike will find it an essential addition to the historical literature. The Victorian Vision Inventing New Britain (V&A Publications, London, 2001) Published for the exhibition ‘Inventing New Britain: the Victorian Vision’ at the V&A London, 2001, consultant curator John M. MacKenzie. Forward by Asa Briggs. Introduction, Endpiece and chapter ‘Empire and the Global Gaze’ by John MacKenzie. In many respects the modern world was forged in the Victorian age. By the time Queen Victoria died in 1901, transport, communications, the global economy, and many aspects of social life were recognisably similar to those of our own day. These revolutionary developments are thoroughly explored in three lavishly illustrated major sections: society, technology and the world.
David Livingstone and the Victorian Encounter with Africa (National Portrait Gallery, London, 1996) Published for the exhibition of the same name held at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Scottish NPG (Royal Scottish Academy), Edinburgh, 1996. John M MacKenzie was historical adviser to the exhibition and editor of this accompanying book as well as contributor of the chapter, ‘David Livingstone and the worldly after-life: imperialism and nationalism in Africa’. Six essays discuss the life of this most extraordinary man, missionary, explorer and scientist, and the historical and social circumstances that defined the nature of the European/African relationship. The book addresses the ideological issues raised by African exploration in the mid-19th century and, through the wealth of its illustrations, recreates the remarkable visual culture surrounding this fascinating historical episode.
European Impact and Pacific Influence  British and German Colonial Policy in the Pacific Islands and the Indigenous Response      Edited with Hermann Hiery. Taurus Academic Studies for the German Historical Institute, London, 1997 British and German ambitions have clashed many times over the past two centuries. This book examines these episodes and their effects on these European powers and the Pacific islanders involved. It throws light on the activities of missionaries in Micronesia, head-hunters in New Guinea, lawmakers in Tonga, and the influence of the British and Germans in the region. Contributors analyse the mutual perceptions of European and indigenous islanders, the effect of European intervention on the environment and its inhabitants, efforts to impose European rules of law in the South Pacific, and sexuality as a specific form of Pacific-European interaction where cultural differences were most pronounced.
Popular Imperialism and the Military 1850-1950 Edited and introduced by John M. MacKenzie (Manchester University Press, 1992) In the 19th century British perceptions of the military were transformed, accompanied by greater popular support for warfare itself. This book examines the causes and the means by which new values were inculcated through a variety of media, and shows how these new attitudes were inseparably bound up with the dominant ethos of imperialism.
Imperialism and Popular Culture Edited and introduced by John M. MacKenzie, and author of the chapter ‘”In touch with the infinite”: the BBC and the Empire, 1923-1953’. (Manchester University Press, 1986)
This book examines the role of popular culture in reflecting and disseminating nationalist and imperialist ideas dominant in the late Victorian and Edwardian era. In a broad-ranging examination of the various media through which ideas were conveyed, the book displays how the British basked in their imperial glory and developed a powerful notion of their own superiority. Chapters focus on the theatre, ‘ethnic’ shows, juvenile literature, education and the iconography of popular art. Several chapters look beyond the First World War, showing how the most popular media - cinema and broadcasting - continued to convey an essentially late-19th century world view, while government agencies like the Empire Marketing Board sought to convince the public of the economic value of empire. Youth organisations, which had propagated imperialist and militaristic attitudes before the war, struggled to adapt to the new internationalist climate.
Imperialism and the Natural World Edited and introduced by John M. MacKenzie (Manchester University Press, 1990) Scientific, medical and environmental issues are central to a full understanding of imperialism, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries. The contributors to this volume illustrate strikingly new approaches to the study of these subjects in relation to the imperial rule of both Britain and France.
Global Migrations. The Scottish Diaspora since 1600 A Tribute to Professor Sir Tom Devine. Edited by Angela McCarthy and John M. MacKenzie Edinburgh University Press, 2016  
Since the 17th century more than 2.5 million Scots have sought new lives elsewhere. This book of essays examines the impact of emigration upon Scotland, the migrants themselves, the places they settled, and upon their descendants and ‘affinity’ Scots. It does so through a focus on the under-researched themes of slavery, cross- cultural encounters, economics, war, tourism, and the modern diaspora since 1945. In considering whether the Scottish factor mattered, Global Migrations spans diverse destinations including Europe, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Hong Kong, Guyana and the British World more broadly.
Jointly edited and introduced with Angela McCarthy, University of Otago. Includes a chapter by John MacKenzie on ‘Scottish Diasporas and Africa’.
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