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date: 23 February 2020

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The essay surveys the different meanings of ‘place’ in relation to the local and the global. Regarding England and empire, ‘place’ often evokes nostalgia for ‘home, sweet home’, but can just as easily refer to entire continents. ‘Place’ can also be a temporal term; Darwin and other scientists introduced the concept of geological, evolutionary time, for example. And it can involve an individual’s or group’s location on a hierarchy of gender, race, and social class: the Victorian English liked to think they belonged to the ‘imperial race’, the ‘Anglo-Saxons’.

Keywords: empire, Victorian, place, England, imperial race, Anglo-Saxon, Darwin

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