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Colonial Global: Australia Displays at World Fairs

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Colonial Global : Australia

Displays at World Fairs

Introduction

International exhibitions or world fairs began due to the need of nations to display their economic , military and technological advancements . This was an opportunity for the various nations to display their power and dominance among the world of nations . This trend can be seen in the second half of nineteenth century , when many countries expressed their eagerness to participate in such world fairs . Australian colonies also participated in these world fairs during the period 1850-1900 . This period is important in world history [banner_entry_middle]

for few reasons For one thing , England had emerged as dominant colonial power after 1850 when England established its firm holds on colonies like India and Australia . Secondly , United States of America was also emerging as significant world power . Many exhibitions were also organized in USA which invited the participation of different countries including Australia . The idea of international exhibition was developed in England as in other parts of the world like Austria , Germany , Spain and United States of America . The world fairs represented the tremendous advancements achieved in arts and sciences . The period during 1850 to 1900 was a period of enlightenment in intellectual sector . The exhibitions were the ideal medium through which it was possible to spread the idea of progress among the colonial people (1998 ) Studies have identified representation of racialism , consumerism , scientific advancement and imperialism in fairs . Among these , we are concerned with the growth of imperial ideology through the world fairs . Imperialism represented the dominant ideology of colonial nations such as Britain France and United States of America (1997 ) Britain and France were the principal colonial powers , which organized exhibitions in the metropolis and colonies . The exhibitions involving India and Australia also represented the colonized people of the respective nations . During the period from 1850 to 1900 , Britain had maintained complete control over the different colonies . This domination was represented in the world fairs organized by colonial powers . The structures of expositions represented the colonial culture . There was construction of pavilions in indigenous styles . In the international exhibitions , there were few amusement zones as well . The attempt was to provide entertainment to different sections of rulers and ruled who visited the world fairs . We also discern that sometimes , aboriginal people were regarded , as the exhibits since their language were not understood by the white population . They were considered as exotic elements by the European colonial people (Benedict , 1991 ) From 1850 to 1900 , many international exhibitions and world fairs were organized by different nations including Australia . In this essay , we try to analyse the role of Australia in world fairs

Diverse factors influenced the beginning of international exhibitions during the second half of 19th century . These factors were the earlier exhibitions and fairs of England , exhibitions of France and development of new technology of production as found in the workshops of the artisans of England . There are obvious differences between fairs and markets . While markets connote commercial transactions , fairs are specific ceremonies often related with special… [banner_entry_footer]

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