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of Nonconformist religious Vic02 10/15/03 2:10 PM Page 35 MAIN POLITICAL INFLUENCES 35 origins.’5 It believed strongly in international and working-class solidarity, and saw the British empire as exploitative. For the ILP, domestic and foreign policy were parts of a whole, with social reform at home requiring the projection of democratic ideals abroad. It was largely pacifist, believed in international co-operation, was against overt militarism and war, and believed that an end to secret diplomacy could mean an end to international conflict.6 Both Kenneth O

in The Labour Party and the world, volume 1
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Bill Schwarz

equated the suffering of Jews in Germany with blacks in the British colonies, especially those in the white settler societies. In an article which carried the title ‘The British empire is worst racket yet invented by man’ he indicted the British for exercising in southern Africa the ‘most blatant expression of racial superiority’, which produced for the blacks a situation ‘more tragic even than that of

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
Christine E. Hallett

-class ladies of the British Empire brought a strong element of patriotism to their writings, even as they began to realise that the war was not the simple crusade against a marauding Teutonic horde they had believed it to be. It also inclined them to express a remarkable level of confidence in their own natural abilities as nurturers of the wounded.56 A project that they embraced with particular eagerness was the presentation of nursing itself as an ordeal, through which only the strongest could pass unscathed. The ‘truth’ that most seemed anxious to convey was that nursing

in Nurse Writers of the Great War
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Cultural geographies of poetry in colonial Aotearoa
Nikki Hessell

to the British Empire, Meredith Martin has pointed out the ways in which the imperial periphery and its subjects were central to the conception of the Lays volume, which she reads ‘as a bridge between late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century romantic ideas of poetry, imagined primitive communities and fragmentary history, and later revivals of these ideas’. 21 In an instantiation of what Martin calls ‘the ballad-theory of civilization’, Macaulay’s poems aim at a universal ballad history, woven into the fabric of all societies and thus feeding and shaping a

in Worlding the south
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Liberation, remembering and forgetting
James E. Connolly

a total of ninety-​nine British medals awarded to Frenchmen and Frenchwomen, Nordistes received two OBEs (Officer of the British Empire) (Military Division), sixteen MBEs (Member of the British Empire) (Military Division), thirty-​seven medals of the BEO (Military Division), and one medal of the BEO (Civil Division). Recipients came from twenty-​three different communes and included de Bettignies, Trulin, members of the Comité Jacquet, the Patience network, and their accomplices.84 Decorations, particularly the Légion d’honneur or the Croix de guerre, were also

in The experience of occupation in the Nord, 1914– 18
John Marriott

Meridian. The British Empire and the World, 1780–1830 , London, Longman, 1989, p. 7.

in The other empire
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Unearthing the truth in Patrick O’Keeffe’s The Hill Road
Vivian Valvano Lynch

. Mary’s and his mother’s views, of course, typify those held in rural Ireland in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, and lead directly to Jack’s becoming the first family exile. Albert Cagney, by contrast, made a wrong choice, persuaded by John Redmond’s4 claims that fighting for the British Empire would be the best way of enabling Ireland to achieve her independence. In what will prove to be a recurring feature in The Hill Road, the initial impetus for departure comes from the women in the family, a phenomenon which suggests how much O’Keeffe has drawn from the work of John

in Irish literature since 1990
Charlotte Dale

’, in practice all large hospitals (and most small ones by the end of the century) provided some level of training and certification for their probationary nurses.28 Nevertheless, this essentially unregulated environment created an ambiguity regarding the position of nurses and news of ‘frivolling women’ acting as nurses from southern Africa would do nothing to promote the cause.29 Furthermore, the nurses who served in southern Africa came from across the British Empire, and British nurses, both military and civilian, found themselves working alongside nurses from the

in Colonial caring
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Christine E. Hallett

Zone contains two significant themes. It bears witness to the suffering of those injured by the war. And it points out that women as well as men might be damaged as a result of their war work – not so directly and obviously, perhaps, as men on active service, but insidiously, as a direct result of their heavy exhausting work, long hours, and poor living and working conditions.6 Finzi’s writing, perhaps unwittingly, undermines the imperialist propaganda that the women of the British Empire were part of an invincible force that was fighting for the right in a simple

in Nurse Writers of the Great War
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Kevin Harrison and Tony Boyd

features that are genetically inherited. It is thus a ‘given’ set of physical characteristics that cannot be changed. It does not automatically follow that a sense of racial hierarchy should lead to eugenics, euthanasia or genocide (after all, racism was a key ideological feature of the British Empire), but racial hatred was a major feature of Nazism and most modern fascist movements. Nationality, however, is in

in Understanding political ideas and movements