By Eric M. Fattor (auth.)
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74 For the first time ever, a newspaper had played a fundamental role in the selection of a general for an imperial campaign. To label the new journalism as pro-imperialism would be a bit hasty. 75 However, as this and subsequent examples of British overseas involvement show, mass audiences were especially drawn to articles and reports about wars and conflicts abroad, and with the expansion of the British Empire to even more remote areas like Sudan and the rise of competing empires vying with Great Britain for control of these exotic locales, the publications of tabloid journalism found 30 American Empire and the Arsenal of Entertainment themselves with a multitude of opportunities to give the people what they apparently wanted.
Now, it was an advantage to Britain that it be a leader in bringing this liberating philosophy to the world. As explained by Prince Albert as the event was in the planning stages, It was a question whether this Exhibition should be exclusively limited to British Industry. It was considered that, whilst it appears an error to fix a limitation to the Production of Machinery, Science and Taste which are of no country but belong as a whole to the civilized world, particular advantage to British Industry might be derived from placing it in fair competition with that of other Nations.
Finally, the dire conditions of the impoverished masses resulting from the social effects of industrialization and economic depression undermined the legitimacy of the bourgeois ruling coalition and fostered radical protest movements, most notably in the form of a Chartist movement that sought universal suffrage. Nationalist revolt in Europe taking place in the early 1830s only exacerbated the fears among the bourgeoisie that they were losing control of the nation’s institutions. Such fears came at an inopportune time as the British Empire found itself deploying ever-more resources overseas, including attempts to open closed markets to British manufacturing in South America and Asia.