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Languages of colonial conflict after 1900

Stirring language and appeals to collective action were integral to the battles fought to defend empires and to destroy them. These wars of words used rhetoric to make their case. This book explores the arguments fought over empire in a wide variety of geographic, political, social and cultural contexts. Essays range from imperialism in the early 1900s, to the rhetorical battles surrounding European decolonization in the late twentieth century. Rhetoric is one of the weapons of war. Conquest was humiliating for Afrikaners but they regained a degree of sovereignty, with the granting of responsible government to the new colonies in 1907 and independence with the Act of Union of 1910. Liberal rhetoric on the Transvaal Crisis was thus neither an isolated debate nor simply the projection of existing political concerns onto an episode of imperial emergency. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's principles of intervention in response to crimes against civilization, constituted a second corollary to the Monroe Doctrine. The rhetorical use of anti-imperial demonology was useful in building support for New Deal legislation. The book argues that rhetoric set out to portray the events at Mers el-Kebir within a culturally motivated framework, drawing on socially accepted 'truths' such as historic greatness and broad themes of hope. Now, over 175 years of monarchical presence in New Zealand the loyalty may be in question, devotion scoffed, the sycophantic language more demure and colloquialized, the medium of expression revolutionized and deformalized, but still the rhetoric of the realm remains in New Zealand.

Imperial governance, the Transvaal Crisis and the anxieties of Liberal rhetoric on empire
Simon Mackley

practice of party politics can be assessed. The rhetoric examined in this chapter is in one sense rendered imperial simply by its subject matter. Concerned as it was with the nature of British imperialism in South Africa, it serves as a record of the specific ideas expressed on the Transvaal Crisis of 1899 with regards to the correct course of British imperial policy. However, it is also imperial owing to

in Rhetorics of empire
Mordechai Tamarkin

Transvaal were very strained, sympathy with their republican brothers remained a feature of their ideological and political arsenal. The more buoyant and persistent verbal manifestations of solidarity in the wake of the Raid reflected the different context rather than a radical transformation in the inner meanings of the texts. As in the case of the Transvaal crisis of 1880–81, the

in The South African War reappraised