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The reason why the English anti - militarism disgusts foreign observers is that it
ignores the existence of the British Empire . It looks like sheer hypocrisy . After all
, the English have absorbed a quarter of the earth and held on to it by means of a
Men like Clive , Nelson , Nicholson , Gordon would find no place for themselves
in the modern British Empire . By 1920 nearly every inch of the colonial empire
was in the grip of Whitehall . Well - meaning , over - civilized men , in dark suits ...
Imperialist sentiment remained strong in the middle class , chiefly owing to family
tradition , but the job of administering the Empire had ceased to appeal . Few
able men went east of Suez if there was any way of avoiding it . But the general ...
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It seems harsh to criticise George Orwell's optimism when he implies that socialism has become inevitable: he was writing in 1941, I thought so in 1980. Sadly, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and ... Read full review