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The imperial garden: Arnold White and the parochial view of imperial citizenship

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/9780719075292.003.0004
The imperial garden: Arnold White and the parochial view of imperial citizenship

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This chapter analyses the views of English journalist Arnold White on imperial citizenship. White believed that Empire was just fine as it was, except for those instances when it could benefit from becoming more like it had been. He epitomized imperialism at its most parochial. He saw the Empire as not just a figurative but also a literal extension of England and his desire to improve the nation's health and efficiency and to promote patriotism and loyalty applied equally to both England and the Empire. Thus, his notion of imperial citizenship was the same as his notion of domestic citizenship. However, there is one aspect of White's thought on English citizenship that did incorporate the Empire: his concern over national efficiency, specifically a fear of moral and physical degeneracy.

Keywords: Arnold White; imperial citizenship; imperialism; patriotism; loyalty; domestic citizenship; moral degeneracy; physical degeneracy

Chapter.  14232 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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