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The Tudorbethan semi and the detritus of Empire
Deborah Sugg Ryan

jingoism, he argues, called for a collectivism of spirit and sacrifice for the nation against the selfish individualism of the Little Englander who refused to be part of the unity of a national consensus. Patriotism for home and Empire especially helped calm the insecurities the lower middle classes felt about their social status and gave them respectability and a sense of belonging. It also encapsulated the ‘clerkly’ good values of selfless duty, sacrifice and obedience.48 Moreover, as Todd Kuchta has argued, there was an internalisation of Empire in suburbia itself

in Ideal homes, 1918–39