Between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries, Britain evolved from a substantial international power yet relative artistic backwater into a global superpower and a leading cultural force in Europe. In this original and wide-ranging book, Hoock illuminates the manifold ways in which the culture of power and the power of culture were interwoven in this period of dramatic change. Britons invested artistic and imaginative effort to come to terms with the loss of the American colonies; to sustain the generation-long fight against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France; and to assert and legitimate their growing empire in India. Demonstrating how Britain fought international culture wars over prize antiquities from the Mediterranean and Near East, the book explores how Britons appropriated ancient cultures from the Mediterranean, the Near East, and India, and casts a fresh eye on iconic objects such as the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon Marbles.
Dr Holger Hoock is a historian of Britain and the British Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Holger Hoock (b. 1972) grew up near Heidelberg in Germany. He studied History, Politics, and Law in Freiburg, Germany, and at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and holds a Doctorate in Modern History from Oxford (2001). He taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Liverpool, where he also was the Founding Director of the Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre. He currently serves as the Carroll J. Amundson Professor of British History at the University of Pittsburgh.
His first book, "The King's Artists" was runner-up for the 2004 Whitfield Prize in British History. Holger received the Philip-Leverhulme-Prize for internationally recognized young researchers in History (2006), and has held numerous international fellowships, including at the Library of Congress, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and the Konstanz Institute for Advanced Study. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
His most recent book, "Empires of the Imagination: Politics, War, and the Arts in the British World, 1750-1850" was published by Profile Books in Feb. 2010 and in the USA in September 2010.
For further details on his biography, books, &c. check out his website: www.holgerhoock.com