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Fri Aug 28 20:10:40 CEST 2009

Mr. Seeley's book, in one sense at least, singularly opportune, and have
given to a philosophical study the actuality of a political pamphlet.
The history of the struggle between England and France for Canada and
for India acquires new point at a moment when the old rivalries are
again too likely to be awakened in Madagascar, in Oceania, and in more
than one region of Africa. The history of the enlargement of the English
state, the last survivor of a family of great colonial empires, has a
vivid reality at a time when Australasia is calling upon us once more to
extend our borders, and take new races under our sway. The discussion of
a colonial system ceases to be an abstract debate, and becomes a
question of practical emergency, when a colonial convention presses the
diplomacy of the mother-country and prompts its foreign policy. Mr.
Seeley's book has thus come upon a tide of popular interest. It has
helped, and will still further help, to swell a sentiment that was
already slowly rising to full flood. History, it would seem, can speak
with two voices--even to disciples equally honest, industrious, and
competent. Twenty years ago there was a Regius Professor of History at
Oxford who took the same view of his study as is expressed in the words
at the head of this article. He applied his mind especially to the
colonial question, and came to a conclusion directly opposed to that
which commends itself to the Regius Professor of History at
Cambridge.[1] Since the
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