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Science, the press and empire
‘Pearson’s’ publications, 1890–1914
in Imperialism and the natural world
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Pearson's Weekly, the Daily Express, and the Tariff Reform campaign were all passing passions, yet in each we can discern two enduring themes: a love of empire and a flair for publicity. Set up in 1900 the Daily Express proclaimed of itself that 'Our policy is patriotic; our policy is the British Empire', and later it was to be Pearson's social imperialism that led him to found the Tariff Reform League with Joseph Chamberlain and be its Chairman until 1905. However, in placing Pearson's publications within the cultural context of a hegemonic crisis, the author's concern is with the science content of his magazines: Pearson's Weekly, started in 1891, and Pearson's Magazine, first published in 1896. In both cases, within that shrinking science content there is a dramatic reduction in the coverage given to technology.

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