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Re-routing Empire? Steam-age circulations and the making of an Anglo Pacific, c.1850–90

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Abstract


  • The introduction of steam not only enhanced Australia’s transport links within the empire.

    It also altered attitudes towards the feasibility and desirability of transpacific connectivities,

    and brought new prominence to the Pacific-orientations of Australia’s eastern colonies. By

    envisioning steam-age connections across the Pacific, first to Panama and then to

    San Francisco, Australia sought to imagine and situate itself in a transpacific sphere. The

    routes shaped cultural sensibilities and political ideologies across the Pacific, expressed in

    affinities and allegiances between Australia and North America. This article examines

    transpacific steam from the mid- to the late nineteenth century, a fractured and

    indeterminate period which nevertheless laid the ground for Australia’s sense of itself as an

    autonomous white nation, relating across the Pacific and within a wider Anglo world

    beyond Britain and empire.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Steel, F. (2015). Re-routing Empire? Steam-age circulations and the making of an Anglo Pacific, c.1850–90. Australian Historical Studies, 46 (3), 356-373.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84941901664

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3174&context=lhapapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2166

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 356

End Page


  • 373

Volume


  • 46

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • The introduction of steam not only enhanced Australia’s transport links within the empire.

    It also altered attitudes towards the feasibility and desirability of transpacific connectivities,

    and brought new prominence to the Pacific-orientations of Australia’s eastern colonies. By

    envisioning steam-age connections across the Pacific, first to Panama and then to

    San Francisco, Australia sought to imagine and situate itself in a transpacific sphere. The

    routes shaped cultural sensibilities and political ideologies across the Pacific, expressed in

    affinities and allegiances between Australia and North America. This article examines

    transpacific steam from the mid- to the late nineteenth century, a fractured and

    indeterminate period which nevertheless laid the ground for Australia’s sense of itself as an

    autonomous white nation, relating across the Pacific and within a wider Anglo world

    beyond Britain and empire.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Steel, F. (2015). Re-routing Empire? Steam-age circulations and the making of an Anglo Pacific, c.1850–90. Australian Historical Studies, 46 (3), 356-373.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84941901664

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3174&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2166

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 356

End Page


  • 373

Volume


  • 46

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia