News and the British World: The Emergence of an Imperial Press System 1876-1922

Hardcover | March 3, 2004

bySimon J. Potter

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During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa were increasingly drawn together by an imperial press system. This is the first scholarly study of the development of that system. Revealed to contemporaries by the SouthAfrican War, the basis on which the system would develop soon became the focus for debate. Commercial organizations, including newspaper combinations and news agencies such as Reuters, fought to protect their interests, while 'ccnstructive imperialists' attempted to enlist the power of the state tostrrengthen the system. Debate culminated in fierce controversies over state censorship and propaganda during and after the First World War.Based on extensive archival research, this study addresses crucial themes, including the impact of empire on the press, Britain's imperial experience, and the idea of a 'British world.' Challenging earlier nationalist accounts, Dr Potter draws out the ambiguous impact of the imperial press systemon local, national, and imperial identities.

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During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa were increasingly drawn together by an imperial press system. This is the first scholarly study of the development of that system. Revealed to contemporaries by the SouthAfrican War, the basis on which the system would d...

Simon J. Potter is a Lecturer in Imperial History, National University of Ireland, Galway.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.73 inPublished:March 3, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199265127

ISBN - 13:9780199265121

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Roots of an Imperial Press System2. News Distribution and the South African War3. Constructive Imperialism, State Intervention, and the Press4. The Role of Reuters5. The British Press and News from the Dominions6. The Imperial Press Conference of 1909 and its Consequences7. The Imperial Politics of the Press8. The Imperial Press System and the First World WarConclusionBibliographyIndex