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How much support was there for imperialism between 1880 and 1902?

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How much support was there for imperialism between 1880 and 1902? Throughout the 19th century, Britain continued to expand their empire. This followed the scramble for Africa and, as newspapers and photos became more easily available an imperialistic attitude grew amongst the middle classes and the politicians of 19th century Britain. However, after the Boer war (1899 ? 1902) the popularity of Empire decreased rapidly. In this essay I am going to discuss how the support for imperialism fluctuated between 1880 and 1902. Expansion of the empire was popular due to Disraeli, who was the leader of the Conservative party up until the early 1880?s. He was a major supporter of Britain and the expansion of her Empire. Disraeli valued India very much and was heard in speeches to praise her as the ?jewel in the crown?. He made a popular move when, at the Delhi Durbar he crowned Queen Victoria Empress of India, helping give the public an idea of how important the country was to the expansion of the Empire and to Britain herself. ...read more.


This increased the support for imperialism in Britain because the public could see what was going on in the different countries and colonies and felt much more part of the process. After reading about the different countries and parts of the empire in books they could also picture what type of places were under their control and felt proud to have such a great and grand empire. However, the media could also be very damaging to imperialistic attitudes of the general public. Between 1899 and 1902 the Boer war took place. There was a fight over the Transvaal which was entirely Britain?s fault. This war became famous very fast, not only was the media coverage much improved but so many mistakes were made by the British as well. The British general, Redvers Buller was useless causing Britain to start losing the war. This excited the general public who read all about it in the newspapers and made them doubt the power of the empire. In the second stage of the war, Britain sent in Kitchner and Roberts to replace Buller with an army of 23?000. ...read more.


Amongst the general public, this increased the support for imperialism because it was believed that expanding the empire was also for the good of others and not just a selfish thing to do (yet, expansion would make Britain very strong and rich anyway). In my opinion, throughout this period, the support for imperialism decreases because of the Boer war. The conservative Politicians were very pro empire and I believe that Disraeli helped to promote it in Britain. However after 1902, many of the general public still backed imperialism, (especially the middle classes because the working classes had much more to worry about). The media helped imperialism really take hold in Britain but back fired during the Boer war because all were able to see what disgusting things were really happening in the empire. Quick questions: The bit highlighted in green I was a bit confused on because I?m not clear who was PM at the beginning of 1880?! Looked through my notes, but they contradict some things I have read elsewhere! How long do we get for writing each essay and how many marks are each worth? Thankss!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...read more.

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