Journalists For Empire

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Between 1903 and 1913, an extensive public debate played itself out in the British press involving the self-governing dominions of the Empire. The debate centered on three large topics—tariff reform, South African reconstruction, and imperial unity—and saw the participation of some of the most respected figures in Edwardian journalism. This book presents a thorough discussion of the involvement of these renowned journalists and the quality press in this debate, examining Edwardian imperial thought as it was ...

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Overview

Between 1903 and 1913, an extensive public debate played itself out in the British press involving the self-governing dominions of the Empire. The debate centered on three large topics—tariff reform, South African reconstruction, and imperial unity—and saw the participation of some of the most respected figures in Edwardian journalism. This book presents a thorough discussion of the involvement of these renowned journalists and the quality press in this debate, examining Edwardian imperial thought as it was reflected in their work. In addition, the quality of their political journalism is evaluated, particularly in regard to its enduring value.

The book begins with several introductory chapters, including sections on the journalists James Louis Garvin, John St. Loe Strachey, and John Alfred Spender. The three imperial issues are then fully detailed in light of serious journalistic opinion regarding them. These chapters help to underscore the perceptions informed publicists had about the Empire in general and its future, and to trace the development of thought concerning dominion relations, press opinion about South African reconstruction, and the Tariff Reform vs. Free Trade debate. Among the other topics addressed are the role of the quality press in Edwardian public debate, the attitude toward imperialism following the Boer War, and the strength of the public press in Edwardian political journalism. The book concludes with a chapter that places the entire subject in a broader, 20th-century framework. This book will be a valuable addition to public, college, and university libraries, as well as a useful resource for courses in British history and the history of journalism.

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JAMES D. STARTT is Professor of History at Valparaiso University in Indiana.

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Table of Contents

Preface

The Edwardian Public Debate and the Press

The Imperial Journalists

The Crucible of Tariff Reform

Chinese Labor in South Africa: Part I, 1903-1904

Chinese Labor in South Africa: Part II, 1905-1906

The Political Reconstruction of South Africa: Part I, 1905-1906

The Political Reconstruction of South Africa: Part II, 1906-1914

The Quest for Imperial Partnership: Part I, 1907-1910

The Quest for Imperial Partnership: Part II, 1911-1913

Retrospect

Bibliography

Index

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