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John Buchan, romantic imperialism, and the question of who belongs

Daniel Gorman

in Imperial Citizenship

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780719075292
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700730 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719075292.003.0003
John Buchan, romantic imperialism, and the question of who belongs

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This chapter examines the views of John Buchan, Governor-General of Canada from 1935 to 1940, concerning imperial citizenship. Buchan's imperial outlook was that of a progressive conservative with a cosmopolitan sympathy held back, but only just, by his respect for tradition and stability. His vision was of a broad-minded notion of Empire based upon morality, values and an understated fatalism. Unlike Lionel Curtis, Buchan was more interested in fostering the shared Britannic identity he believed must necessarily underpin any firm imperial citizenship. This chapter also analyses Buchan's work on imperialism A Lodge in the Wilderness.

Keywords: John Buchan; imperial citizenship; morality; values; fatalism; Britannic identity; A Lodge in the Wilderness

Chapter.  18419 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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