The Island Story
in The language of empire
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The 'Island Story' became a part of both formal and informal education, and through adventure stories, part of the imaginative world of hundreds of thousands of young readers. By the end of Victoria's reign the idea of Saxon supremacy among nations had become a strategic element of the Island Story. When in 1904 the 24th of May was declared Empire Day, the business of reproducing the 'Island Story' was institutionalised. The entry of the New Imperialism into the state school system took place during the first years of the new century, and can be illustrated in the popular histories of the Revd William Henry Fitchett. Herbert Strang's Rob the Ranger, a run-of-the-mill historical romance for boys published in 1908, quite typically uses the Island Story to teach its readers some simple imperial lessons.

The language of empire

Myths and Metaphors of Popular Imperialism, 1880–1918


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