The following is a guide to finding more detail on the themes covered, and on the many additional formats and styles which individuals, companies and governments have used when ‘Selling Empire’. In particular, it includes links to some websites where you can find clips from Empire Marketing Board (EMB) films.
Books and articles
- Chafer, Tony (ed.), Promoting the Colonial Idea: Propaganda and Visions of Empire in France (Palgrave, 2009). A collection that suggests the French empire was presented as helping to cement a new patriotism, and perhaps helped to cast a veneer over regional if not ideological cracks in the national fabric.
- Constantine, Stephen. Buy and Build: The Advertising Posters of the Empire Marketing board (London: HMSO, 1986). Constantine’s is the best available academic study of the EMB, and contains lavish full page illustrations of the posters.
- Faulkner, Simon, and Anandi Ramamurthy (eds.), Visual Culture and Decolonisation in Britain (Ashgate, 2006).
- Grieveson, Lee and Colin MacCabe (eds), Empire and Film (2011), and Film and the End of Empire (2011).
- Haggard, H. Rider, King Solomon’s Mines (1885). A classic empire yarn, set in southern Africa
- Henty, G.A. More than a hundred historical novels featuring heroes just out of school, but propelled into action in and beyond empire, such as The Dash for Khartoum (1892).
- Horton, Melanie. Empire Marketing Board Posters (Manchester: Scala, 2010). A small booklet that followed the Manchester City Art Galleries exhibition of EMB posters.
- Jackson, Ashley, Mad Dogs and Englishmen 1850-1945: A Grand Tour of the British Empire at its Height (Quercus, 2009). Though only one chapter (pp. 214-23) is specifically on marketing, this book is a lavishly illustrated general guide to empire, with a wide range of visual representations from maps to board games.
- Mackenzie, John M. (ed.). Propaganda and Empire: the manipulation of British Public Opinion 1880-1960 (Manchester University Press, 1984). Mackenzie was one of the earliest proponents of the study of empire culture, and the idea that it permeated Victorian life. Manchester University Press published a series of related books from 1984 onwards.
- Porter, Bernard. The Absent-Minded Imperialists: Empire, Society and Culture in Britain (Oxford University Press, 2004). Porter argued that, placed in context, imperial references are not always as predominant as Mackenzie and many books in the Macneshter series might imply.
- Rotter, Andrew, ‘Empire of the Senses: How Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, and Touching Shaped Imperial Encounters' – H-Diplo review
- Stuart Ward (ed.), British culture and the end of empire (Manchester, 2001).
- Tallents, Sir Stephen, The Projection of England (1932), a classic short pamphlet pushing the idea of Britain as a brand that should be focused on recognizable icons and characteristics.
- Philip Taylor, The Projection of Britain: British Overseas Publicity and Propaganda, 1919-39 (Cambridge: 2007).
Debates and reviews
- British Film Institute: information on classic films (clips only via a registered institution, but a good range of Empire Marketing Board film clips including less well known short films on British subjects)
- Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire
- This includes some films directly relating to the online articles above, for example from the EMB
- A silent film on the Wembley Empire Exhibition in 1924
- A District Officer in Bengal, responsible for 3 million people,
- The National Archives, including a clip of London Can Take It!
- The British Monarchy and the Commonwealth
- The Commonwealth
- The Commonwealth Secretariat
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- La Francophonie
The Empire Marketing Board and its posters
- Manchester City Art Galleries
- The MacDonald Gill Project at the University of Brighton – on the life of the Highways of Empire artist
Empire and its legacies
The Open University's Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies:
- Working Papers on Africa and Asia historical to contemporary
- Working Papers on Commodities and Empire