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By Paula M. Krebs

This publication appears on the methods Victorian rules approximately gender and race supported British imperialism on the flip of the century. It examines the Boer battle of 1899-1902 during the struggle writings of literary figures equivalent to Arthur Conan Doyle, Olive Schreiner, H. Rider Haggard and Rudyard Kipling, and likewise via newspapers, propaganda, and different kinds of public debate in print. Paula M. Krebs' research of the half performed through principles approximately gender and race in public discourse makes an important new contribution to the learn of British imperialism.

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During the row over her report, Hobhouse herself learned the ins and outs of the publication of information in newspapers. When she saw Brodrick about the camps and won certain concessions from him regarding their operations, Hobhouse was told by Lord Ripon, of her committee, not to go straight to the newspapers with the information about the meeting. When she did reveal the information to the press, she wrote to Ripon: May I send a line to say that the publication in yesterday’s papers of Mr. Brodrick’s letter to me and my reply was not done directly contrary to your advice without reason.

Personally, as you know, I have always doubted the wisdom or necessity of this concentration, but, be that as it may, we ought to give some evidence of exceptional measures when the concentration has the results shown by recent statistics. ⁷ The letter displays the central concern of Chamberlain as the man in London who was most directly responsible for the camps. He was most The concentration camps controversy and the press  concerned that he be able to ‘‘give some evidence’’ of ‘‘exceptional measures’’ taken, that the government should have ‘‘something to say for ourselves’’ about alleviating conditions in the camps.

The most concrete example of the shift in ways of accounting for public opinion is the flowering of, and the attention paid to, the popular press. Historians and literary critics have tended to employ the concept of public opinion uncritically in analysis of the nineteenth century, seeing public opinion as the political views of what communications theorists call agenda-setters, the people whose class standing and influence means that they have the ear of the policymakers. If the concept of public opinion is to work as an analytical tool for understanding late-Victorian imperialism, then we must consider whose voices were heard in public debate by the time of the Boer War, who set the agendas on which the ‘‘public’’ held opinions, and which public discourse was being aimed at which segment of the public.

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