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Imperial CitizenshipEmpire and the Question of Belonging$
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Daniel Gorman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719075292

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719075292.001.0001

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John Buchan, romantic imperialism, and the question of who belongs

John Buchan, romantic imperialism, and the question of who belongs

(p.77) Chapter three John Buchan, romantic imperialism, and the question of who belongs
Imperial Citizenship

Daniel Gorman

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the views of John Buchan, Governor-General of Canada from 1935 to 1940, concerning imperial citizenship. Buchan's imperial outlook was that of a progressive conservative with a cosmopolitan sympathy held back, but only just, by his respect for tradition and stability. His vision was of a broad-minded notion of Empire based upon morality, values and an understated fatalism. Unlike Lionel Curtis, Buchan was more interested in fostering the shared Britannic identity he believed must necessarily underpin any firm imperial citizenship. This chapter also analyses Buchan's work on imperialism A Lodge in the Wilderness.

Keywords:   John Buchan, imperial citizenship, morality, values, fatalism, Britannic identity, A Lodge in the Wilderness

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