The sentiment of empire may be called innate in every Briton.
To say that our Empire is ‘bone of our bone, flesh of our flesh’, is not to express an opinion but to assert a fact. So long as Englishmen retain at once their migratory instinct, their passion for independence, and their impatience of foreign rule, they are bound by a manifest destiny to found empires abroad, or, in other words, to make themselves the dominant race in the foreign countries to which they wander.
EDWARD DICEY, 1877
I awoke once more and on my way I went,
And my heart was overflowing with a deep content:
In the dear homeland, far across the sea,
They had missed me and they loved me,
And they prayed for me.
The Emigrant’s Dream (popular ballad)
Just as there have been strenuous attempts to show that there was no Great Depression in the late-Victorian period, so has there also developed a body of opinion that the ‘New Imperialism’ so often regarded as distinctive of the last quarter of the nineteenth century was not really ‘new’ and that, so far from being the outcome of any new philosophy of Empire, it was a rather harassed, if not desperate, reaction to the force of un-
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Publication information: Book title: Victorian England: Aspects of English and Imperial History, 1837-1901. Contributors: L. C. B. Seaman - Author. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1995. Page number: 331.
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