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By Allison Drew

Sidney Bunting's lifestyles bargains a distinct point of view at the British Empire, illustrating the advanced social networks and values that have been carried the world over within the identify of empire. Drawing on archival fabric, together with the Bunting kinfolk papers and files of Bunting's Oxford years, this paintings provides his biography.

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Charles Parnell, immensely popular leader of the Irish Home Rule movement and leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, had been named in divorce proceedings the previous December 1889. The news caused a scandal in England and Ireland. Those involved in the moral purity campaign could hardly tolerate an adulterer. In November 1890 Sidney’s father travelled to Sheffield for the National Liberal Federation conference. The Liberal Party depended on the electoral support of the Nonconformist constituency.

23 Sidney was placed in the lower eighth form, which included eighteen boys ranging from fourteen to seventeen years. It was led by A. M. Cook, formerly a scholar at Wadham College, Oxford. Despite Marcy’s criticism of Classics teaching, Cook was ‘a master of his craft ... a gold-mine of information on almost every topic’. 24 Perhaps Sidney felt the same way. He was a diligent student who planned his work carefully, was punctual and never missed classes. He was ranked third in Latin Composition: his ‘verse composition [was] behind hand, but improved’, remarked his tutor.

L. Hammond, L. T. Hobhouse and J. A. Hobson, the paper’s first reporter in South Africa. Critics of empire typically supported Irish Home Rule. 10 In many respects, therefore, Sidney entered a milieu that was far more conservative, both politically and socially, than that of his Gladstonian Liberal parents, despite their belief in empire. It was also a milieu that was more socially exclusive and religiously intolerant than his school environments. Moral certainty of empire was accompanied by uncertainty about the university’s direction.

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