Empire’s Children is far from the now well-worn tale of imperial decline. It locates the shifting fortunes of the child emigration movement at the heart of the reconfiguration of identities, political economies, and nationalisms in Britain, Canada, Australia, and Rhodesia. Though Britons eventually had to face the diminishing importance of Britishness as either a cultural or racial ideal in the eyes of even their settler colonies, on the whole the story of the child emigration movement’s shifting fortunes testifies to the malleability and resilience of Britishness.
Copyright © 2014 Institute of Historical Research. This article was first published in Reviews in History (October 2014).
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Bischof, Christopher. Review of Empire's Children: Child Emigration, Welfare, and the Decline of the British World, 1869-1967, by Ellen Boucher. Reviews in History, October 2014. http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1663.