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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II THE IMPERIAL
IDEA PARADOXICAL as it may seem, the new conception of Empire had
its roots, politically speaking, in the older Liberalism. For it
was the older Liberalism which made the Colonial Empire what it
was, and it was to that Empire as Liberalism had made it that
Imperialist sentiment in the first instance appealed. The appeal
was, in this form, very difficult to resist. "See," the Imperialist
would say, "this marvellous work of our race, this vast inheritance
of the generations which we hold in trust for our descendants--in
mere size the greatest empire of history, in variety of interest,
in the extraordinary complexity of its composition far surpassing
all political societies which the world has ever known. Consider
how it extends the law of peace over prairie and jungle, mountain
and steppe, subarctic ice and torrid forest; how it maintains order
and administers justice with equal success for the brand-new mining
community, for the ancient civilisation of the Ganges or the Nile,
or for the primitive clan of the Indian hills. Is not this," urges
the enthusiast, "among the greatest of human achievements, this
unparalleled adaptability in the arts of conquest and of
government? And yet this is not the best. What is an infinitely
greater matter is that where the British flag goes, go British
freedom, British justice, an absolutely incorruptible civil
service, a scrupulous impartiality as between religion and races,
an enthusiasm for the spread of that individual liberty and local
self-government which have made England herself so great Are you
insensible to these achievements of your country, and can you not
rise above the narrow patriotism --by comparison a 'parochial'
view--which is limited to one small island. You...
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