E. A. Freeman on Empire and Racial Destiny
This chapter focuses on the thought of historian E. A. Freeman. It starts by dissecting some of Freeman's arguments about time, space, and politics. It then analyzes his views on racial kinship and empire, focusing initially on his critique of the idea of imperial federation, one of the most prominent political debates of the 1880s and 1890s, before moving to his alternative conceptualization of global order. Freeman argued that dismantling the British settler empire was both a matter of justice and a precondition for establishing the proper sense of racial “brotherhood” necessary to realize the higher purpose of the English-speaking peoples. The manifest destiny of the race was thus premised on recognition of the deep unity of Britain and the United States.
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