‘Not only a Bad Metaphor’: Classes, Masses and Races in Late Victorian Politics



But the matter [of self-government] assumes an entirely different aspect, when we come to apply the word to a community which is not homogenous. If it consists of different elements that have not been fused together; if large masses of citizens are separated into jealous or hostile sections, by deep divisions of creed or race, or even by interest, the word ‘self-government’ is not only a bad metaphor, but becomes flagrantly deceptive.


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© E. Spencer Wellhofer 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of DenverUSA

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