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Cinema and Society in the British Empire, 1895–1940


Part of the Britain and the World book series (BAW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. James Burns
    Pages 1-12
  3. James Burns
    Pages 13-54
  4. James Burns
    Pages 55-92
  5. James Burns
    Pages 133-173
  6. James Burns
    Pages 174-181
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 182-243

About this book


By 1940 going to the movies was the most popular form of public leisure in Britain's empire. This book explores the social and cultural impact of the movies in colonial societies in the early cinema age.


social history cultural history imperial history Britain British Empire cinema empire Great Britain knowledge society

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryClemson UniversityUSA

About the authors

James Burns teaches African History at Clemson University, USA. He is the author of several works on the social history of cinema, including Flickering Shadows: Cinema and Identity in Colonial Zimbabwe (2002)

Bibliographic information


“Cinema and Society in the British Empire is … a thoroughly fascinating book. … It reveals the complexity and nuance of British colonial rule in the tropical empire while exploring cinema’s crucial role within it. … This is an accessibly written, broad-ranging and impeccably researched book that is certain to be a key point of reference for future scholars of cinema-going in the British Empire. It is sure to attract a wide readership.” (Robert James, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Vol. 42 (3), 2014)