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  • Print publication year: 2017
  • Online publication date: June 2019

11 - Race and Empire in the Nineteenth Century


‘Of the thousand millions of human beings that are said to constitute the population of the entire globe, there are – socially, morally and perhaps even physically considered – but two distinct and broadly marked races, viz., the wanderers and the civilized tribes’, announces Henry Mayhew (1812–87) at the very beginning of his widely influential London Labour and the London Poor.