British Labour and British Imperialism

  • Henry Pelling


It is sometimes maintained that the British working class in the generation before the First World War was largely infected with Jingoism, or Imperialism, and was consequently inclined to abandon what otherwise should have been its natural political attitude — namely, a desire for international tranquillity, coupled with an emphasis on the need for domestic social change. We may have our doubts whether social change was a deeply-felt concern of the working people in this period.1 Let us, however, put them aside for present purposes, and engage in an examination of the evidence for Jingoism or Imperialism as a popular sentiment in the late nineteenth and in the early twentieth century.


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  • Henry Pelling
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  1. 1.St John’s CollegeCambridgeUK

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