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The story of Greater Britain: what lessons does it teach?

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This article describes some of the ways that 'Greater Britain' functioned as a component of British national identity for some of those devoted to the ideal of a united empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As outspoken advocates of a united empire, historians such as Charles Lucas and Hugh Egerton, promoted and adapted what was essentially a cultural 'story' that helped shape and communicate this identity. The article also seeks to demonstrate how these ideas were reflected in a variety of organisations that supported the ideal of a united empire.

Keywords: C.P. Lucas; Empire; H.E. Egerton; Historiography; Nationalism; Societies

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Nebraska USA

Publication date: 2004-07-01

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