What is the meaning of "Britain's Imperial Dynasty" by Wilfred Blunt?

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This document, a scathing critique of imperialism, was actually excerpted from Wilfred Scawen Blunt's diary entries. Blunt was a Conservative politicians who disagreed with the current policy of imperialism. Writing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Blunt argued that imperialism was bad for Great Britain. He claimed that it corrupted the morality of the British people and that it would eventually lead to conflict with other imperial nations, as well as the people who lived in the territories where the British were attempting to gain influence:

We have now managed in the last six months to quarrel violently with China, Turkey, Belgium, Ashanti, France, Venezuela, America, and Germany. This is a record performance, and if it does not break up the British Empire nothing will...[T]he British Empire is the greatest engine of evil for the weak races now existing in the world....The gangrene of colonial rowdyism is infecting us, and the habit of repressing liberty in weak nations is endangering our own. I should be glad to see the end....

He excoriated British imperialists (and those in other imperialist nations) for their hypocrisy and brutality, and foresaw that the drive for imperialism would lead to the decline not just of the British Empire, as mentioned in the quote, but in the decline of Great Britain as a whole. In short, he argued that imperialism was immoral, destructive, expensive, and a dangerous course to follow.


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