In John Gross ' opinion, "Few works of the same unmistakably academic stamp can ever have created so immediate a stir". Gooch , the book "became the bible of British Imperialists". It is wonderful and so statesmanlike, so farsighted, clear, and fair". Gladstone was guarded in his praise: "Although I think a Professor gets upon rather slippery ground when he undertakes to deal with politics more practical than historical or scientific, yet it is certainly most desirable that English folk should consider their position, present and prospective, in the world".
Morley stated that the territorial expansion of England was secondary to, and caused by, her industrial expansion. He also stated that attempts to determine the respective powers of colonial legislatures to the imperial parliament would be complicated, and predicted that an imperial federal union would flounder on two issues: disputes over tariffs, and the treatment of indigenous peoples. The English Radical and imperialist politician Joseph Chamberlain was greatly impressed with the book and claimed that he had sent his son Austen Chamberlain to Cambridge because Seeley was there. In his history of the British Empire, written in , A.
Newton lamented that Seeley "dealt in the main with the great wars of the eighteenth century and this gave the false impression that the British Empire has been founded largely by war and conquest, an idea that was unfortunately planted firmly in the public mind, not only in Great Britain, but also in foreign countries". Lord Moran in his diary recorded a conversation with Winston Churchill on 30 May "I told him that I had read Seeley's Expansion of England in my youth and it opened up a new world.
The book finally went out of print in , the year of the Suez Crisis. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Imperialism Colonialism. Dictionary of National Biography. Ensor, England Oxford: Clarendon Press, , p. Marsh, Joseph Chamberlain. Statesman in Turmoil London: John Murray, , p. Hidden categories: Articles incorporating Cite DNB template All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from October Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history.
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