A comprehensive study of the island that was once Britain's foremost colonial possession in the Western Hemisphere.
Britain, the British Empire, and the World at the Great Exhibition addresses the global, international and imperial characteristics of the Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851. This collection of essays considers how and why the Exhibition was significant both for its British hosts and their relationships to the wider world, and for participants from around the world. How did the Exhibition connect London, England, important British colonies, and the series of significant participating nation-states, such as Russia, Greece, Germany and the Ottoman Empire? How might we think about exhibits, visitors and organizers in light of what the Exhibition suggested about Britain's place in the global community?Contributors from various academic disciplines answer those and other questions by focusing on the many exhibits, publications, visitors and organizers in Britain and abroad. 'England, Exhibitions, and Empire', the first section of the volume, includes articles on globalization and the Exhibition, how the Exhibition connected race, class and social reform, and case-studies of Australian, Irish and New Zealand exhibits and participants. 'Europe, the Orient, and the Spaces in Between', the second part of the book, considers the importance of the Exhibition for Russia, the German States, Greece, and the Ottoman Empire and China. As with the colonies, each of these nation-states participated for a variety of reasons to differing degrees of effectiveness, but that participation suggests crucial developments in their national histories and their relationships with Great Britain.These essays expand the understanding of the meanings, roles and legacies of the Great Exhibition for British society and the wider world, as well as the ways that that pivotal event shaped Britain's and other participating nation's understandings of and place in that nineteenth-century world. Unlike other publications, this one emphasizes nationalism and internationalism, domestic and foreign issues.
Within the first few months of her marriage, Denise Humphrey learned that her husband was gay. Tortured by intense and conflicted emotions she existed alone and shut away from life as if in a coffin, both during the marriage and the decade after.
Denise and John loved each other in many ways, making their situation very tragic. They met each other as classical pianists, performed duets together, enjoyed each other's company, and wanted to be parents. At the same time, parts of their lives were closeted from other people, as well as from each other.
Early in the marriage, John became a medical doctor, and later Denise became a psychologist. After having two delightful sons they both absolutely loved and adored - and still do - the torment of her shuttered life increased even more dramatically because of intense fear that her feelings of shame and secrecy would be passed on to the boys.
Throughout the memoir you will embrace the enormous struggles Denise endured, how she eventually decided to end the marriage, how Denise and John disclosed to their sons, and how all four of them grew even closer through the process. This memoir reveals its resolution and miraculous metamorphosis. Life tragedies can be surpassed!