British Citizenship

British Citizenship

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...we also make the same assumption, and usually find that the context has defined with sufflcient accuracy for practical purposes. It would of course be a great assistance if there were separate words to distinguish Imperial citizenship, and local citizenship, but until the needed phrases are found we have to content ourselves by remembering that words are only tokens or counters, which means that which they are intended to mean by the speaker, and that which they are understood to mean by the hearer. One reason for the vagueness of the token sounds which we utter when we speak of " British citizen " is that several sentences--indeed almost an essay--are needed to distinguish the unique confederacy known as the "British Empire " from those organizations (such as the Roman or German) to which the term "Empire " can be accurately applied; and, as this difficulty exists with respect to the British Empire as a whole, it is but natural that there should be no clear-cut token to represent the rights which the Empire gives to its citizens. The rights attached to this much-prized citizenship are not at present dniform. There is a mechanical convenience about uniformity which is very alluring in the study; but the worthy citizens in the street would abandon their staid gait and break out in open riot if threatened with universal uniformity. Their action might, perhaps, be regrettable, but it would be very natural; and the same disturbing prejudice will continue throughout the Empire, because climate, race, and local conditions affect men's aspirations so greatly that what is held to be a much-prized right in one latitude would be regarded elsewhere as an unjust and insupportable burden. Thus in England a...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236986962
  • 9781236986962