Introduction
in Imperialism and Popular Culture
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book describes the pre-First World War period by surveying the influence of imperialism on a variety of media and leisure activities between the late nineteenth century and the Second World War. It offers a bridge between the pre-1914 period and the interwar years and between the public school and state school systems. The public schools had a remarkable influence upon juvenile literature and other aspects of popular culture. The book demonstrates the manner in which the imperial economic vision lay ready to hand for the publicists and public relations men who saw the Empire Marketing Board as the great opportunity in the inter-war years to develop their craft. It argues that the Scout movement was created in the atmosphere of defensive Empire in the Edwardian period.

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