The general aim of British Imperialism by J.A Cramb, Professor of Modern History, Queens College, London. 1913./14
This is an extract from notes on a series of lectures given by Professor Cramb in 1913/1914 in anticipation of a forthcoming conflict with Germany.
He sums up what he beleives to be the aims of British Imperialism.
ď If I were asked to describe in one sentence the general aim of British Imperialism during the last two centuries and a half, I should answer in the spirit of Dionysius : To give all men within its bounds an English mind, to give all who come within its sway the power to look at a manís life, at the past, at the future, from the standpoint of an Englishman; to defuse within its bounds that high tolerance in religion which had marked this empire since its beginning; that reverence yet boldness before the mysteriousness of life and death characteristic of our great poets and our great thinkers ; that love of free institutions, that pursuit of an ever - higher justice and a larger freedom which rightly or wrongly we associate with the temper and character of our race wherever it is dominant and secure. ď
The average Irish person may not agree with his view point of course.