Settling the impossible: Siobhan Carroll, An Empire of Air and Water: Uncolonizable Space in the British Imagination, 1750-1850, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015
Description: Planetary spaces such as the poles, the oceans, the atmosphere, and subterranean regions captured the British imperial imagination. Intangible, inhospitable, or inaccessible, these blank spaces existed beyond the boundaries of known and inhabited places. Siobhan Carroll interrogates the role these blank spaces played in the construction of British identity during an era of unsettling global circulations.
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