It took until the second half of the twentieth century for even the Americans to question that authority. Direct rule in the name of a long-lived queen and the consequential superlatives of style and theatre of conquest had the whole world believing that it knew the secret of that British identity.
It is a misconception or more kindly, a British view. Froman image of Britain as the first superpower was built that would make do until even the twenty first century.
British history from the Hundred Years War onwards gives an impression of how the British were seen. To be white and British even at the lowest social level was enough to command and to be white, British and aristocratic was enough to rule.
Even the Elizabethans were never established other than as great individuals. Viceroys will come to a conclusion as to what created the international identity of the British that was cherished well into the twentieth century.
More info Viceroys is the story of the British aristocracy sent to govern India during the reigns of five British monarchs. It is also the story of how the modern British identity was established. Viceroys is not a chronological biography of each viceroy from Canning to Mountbatten.
It is the supreme view of the British in India, describing the sort of people who went out and the sort of people they were on their return.
The token in that identity, the plumed viceroy whose quarterings linked everyone who held that office to the aristocracy that was the guardian of that image, is not just an illusion. Until the nineteenth century the British did not have an identity readily recognized throughout the world.
Ironically, it is in part the answer to how was it that such a small offshore European island people believed themselves to have the right to sit at the highest institutional tables and judge what is right and what is unacceptable in other nations and institutions.
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