This volume presents the first comparative analysis of racial attitudes in the formal schooling of both Britain and its former dominions and colonies. The various contributions examine the issue right across the British imperial experience – with case studies ranging from Canada, Ireland, East and South Africa, through the Indian subcontinent to Australia and New Zealand. Racial indoctrination is considered from the perspective of both colonizer and colonized. The central theme throughout is that a racial hierarchy was taught through both curriculum and text in schools throughout the former British Empire.

chapter |5 pages


ByJ. A. Mangan

chapter |17 pages

Images for confident control

Stereotypes in imperial discourse
ByJ.A. Mangan

chapter |17 pages

The imperial Indian

India in British history textbooks for schools 1890–1914
ByKathryn Castle

chapter |14 pages

The black African in Southern Africa

Images in British school geography books
ByT. Lilly

chapter |14 pages

Racial stereotypes in the Australian curriculum

The case-study of New South Wales
ByStewart Firth, Robert Darlington

chapter |15 pages

Resistance to an unremitting process

Racism, curriculum and education in Western Canada
ByJo-ann Archibald

chapter |27 pages

Racism, the school and African education in colonial Kenya

ByAnthula Natsoulas, Theodore Natsoulas

chapter |12 pages

The creation of a dependent culture

The imperial school curriculum in Uganda
ByP. G. Okoth

chapter |28 pages

Rulers and ruled

Racial perceptions, curriculum and schooling in colonial Malaya and Singapore
ByKeith Watson

chapter |19 pages

‘English in taste, in opinions, in words and intellect'

Indoctrinating the Indian through textbook, curriculum and education
BySuresh Chandra Ghosh