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
politics. Liberal rhetoric on the Transvaal Crisis was thus neither an
isolated debate nor simply the projection of existing political concerns
onto an episode of imperialemergency. Rather, it constituted one aspect
of the wider impact of empire upon British politics in the latter half
of the nineteenth century.
The contexts in which the rhetoric examined in this chapter
was constructed and deployed served
and then at
Jiwani in Baluchistan because his marriage to an Indian woman
contravened the rules of British community life in the East. The
couple and their many children started life at the new Jiwani base
under canvas. Similar disapproval may have explained the stationing
of a retired Siamese naval officer at an Imperialemergency
stop away from Penang. 63
for evidence of misrule in princely states. He therefore
had to be subtle in the way he opposed the Christians.
Dolatsingh continued the battle against the thakors.
During the First World War he used the imperialemergency as an excuse
to issue an order to the thakors to provide military service to the
state, failing which they were to provide a large amount of cash in
compensation, to be levied on a