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A Century of Empire, Vol. 3 of 3

A Century of Empire, Vol. 3 of 3

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Excerpt from A Century of Empire, Vol. 3 of 3: 1801 1900

In preparing the third and last volume of this historical sketch I have not been regardless of the criticism passed upon its predecessors by the periodical press. For the general leniency of that criticism I cannot but feel grateful; in so far as it has been unfavourable, I accept it as salutary. Adverse comment has been chiefly directed upon three points - first, the omission or inadequate treatment of certain developments in the social condition of the people; second, the brevity with which the genesis and growth of the British colonies have been described; and third, the degree in which the author has allowed the narrative to be tinged with the predilection or prejudice of a Conservative in politics.

With regard to tho first point, I fully recognise the justice of the complaint, and am poignantly conscious of the imperfection with which my design has been accomplished of ranging for review the salient points in the progress of the Empire and its citizens during the period dealt with. In the preface to the first volume I expressed some misgiving as to the possibility of compressing within moderate limits the review of a century so crowded with events, so sweeping in its changes, so wonder-stirring in its progress. To avoid lacun? in such a narrative, the six volumes which Carlyle devoted to the reign of a single monarch, or the ten volumes which Alison required for the history of twenty years, would scarcely suffice. It is only writers of the first order who may dare to invite attention upon such a spacious scale; men of less account and ability must study attractive brevity.

The same excuse has to be offered to critics upon the second point.

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