John M. MacKenzie
Exhibiting the Empire
Cultures of display and the British Empire
Jointly edited and introduced (in ‘Introduction: 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
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
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,
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
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
David Livingstone and
the Victorian Encounter
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.
Historical adviser to the exhibition and editor of this
accompanying book, John M. MacKenzie, and
contributor of the chapter, ‘David Livingstone and the
worldly after-life: imperialism and nationalism in
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
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
Manchester University Press 1986
Edited and introduced by John M. MacKenzie and contributor of the
chapter ‘”In touch with the infinite”: the BBC and the Empire, 1923-
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
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 out-migration
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 (now 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’.
Publications - books edited by John M. MacKenzie....