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Education and Imperial Unity, 1901-1926

1st Edition

By James G. Greenlee


352 pages

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Under the influence of mounting foreign competition in the late-Victorian and Edwardian periods, many Britons sought to bolster England’s world position by reinforcing the unity of the Empire. For the most part their effort were channelled into an attempt to construct a formal political union or federation of Britain’s overseas dominions. However, when the so-called Imperial Federation Movement failed to produce a viable constitutional solution the problem of unity a number of people began to search for an alternative, non-political approach. In this connection a campaign was mounted during the first two decades of the twentieth century that came to emphasise the informal, spiritual ties which supposedly bound the Empire together.

This title, first published in 1987, brings to light the assumptions, aspirations and schemes of those predominantly middle-class figures who orchestrated the Imperial Studies Movement at the turn of the twentieth-century. This title will be of interest to students of history and education.

Table of Contents

Abstract; Acknowledgements; Table of Contents; Abbreviations; New Preface (1986); Introduction; 1. The League of the Empire: The Early Years 1901-1907 2. Autonomy versus Unity 1907-1914 3. The Quest of Regeneration: The Royal Colonial Institute 1909-1914 4. "The Time of Our Visitation" 1914-1918 5. Fading Prospects in the Twenties 6. "A Succession of Seeleys"; Conclusions; Bibliography; Appendix (1986); Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Education 1800-1926

This set of 14 volumes, originally published between 1932 and 1995, amalgamates several topics on the history of education between the years 1800 and 1926, including women and education, education and the working-class, and the history of universities in the United Kingdom. This set also includes titles that focus on key figures in education, such as Samuel Wilderspin, Georg Kerschensteiner and Edward Thring. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject and will be of particular interest to students of history, education and those undertaking teaching qualifications.

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