Charity starts at home as they say, and as a little extension of this it might be interesting to look at the relationship of the British political and intellectual aristocracies to her next door neighours Ireland during the height of said empire, and from there to possibly get an idea of the ruling ideas of that empire, and to hypothetically extend such attitides to areas of dominion further afield. British Prime Minister Disraeli:
"The Irish hate our order, our civilization, our enterprising industry, our pure religion. This wild, reckless, indolent, uncertain & superstitious race have no sympathy with the English character. Their ideal of human felicity is an alteration of clannish broils & coarse idolaty(Catholicism). Their history describes an unbroken circle of bigotry(!) and blood."
Historian Charles Kingsley on seeing the devastation during the Famine in the mid-nineteenth century:
"I am daunted by the human chimpanzees I saw along the hundred miles of horrible country. I don't believe they are our fault( that people were forbidden education, destitute and starving to death while foodstuffs were being removed to Britain). I believe that there are not only many more of them than of old, but that they are happier, better & more comfortably fed & lodged under our rule than they ever were. But to see white chimpanzees is dreadful; if they were black, one would not feel it so much, but their skins, except where tanned by exposure, are as white as ours."
One sympathises greatly with this man having to look at such white chimpanzees starving to death. To mention a line in the light of this from the esteemed Roger Scruton: "Unlike Islamic culture, western culture has gone out to the stranger, has tried to understand, to sympathise, to learn, in every arena where learning is available."
As an afterthought to add a little information on Charles "White Chimpanzee" Kingsley:
In 1859, Kingsley was made chaplain to Queen Victoria. From 1860 to 1869 he was professor of modern history at Cambridge and in 1873 was appointed canon of Westminster. His book The Water Babies is a story for children written to inspire love and reverence of Nature.
. . . And just to add the obvious if necessary addendum: the philosophy of superior and inferior races most virulently perhaps espoused and acted upon by the Nazis is merely the essentially seamless continuation of the inner thoughts that were driving the British Empire, and presumably all empires, though now within the Germany and Europe of the 20s and 30s embedded within very extreme social condtions and as an overt ideological position rather than as a kind of unnoticed but more all-pervasive ambient background as was the case in Britain. The Nazis are attempting to act consciously on the logical implications of the ideology, and so the viciousness of its inner truth is revealed, whereas in Britain where there is no need to espouse the ideology, it being soaked wholly into the fabric of State, and this truth can go on on its merry and superficially even benign way in the arena of history, an obvious manifestation of the inner ideology of empire being the notion that the inferior colonised should be grateful to the superior coloniser for helping to raise it a step or two towards the level of itself. And of course a failure of the colonised to be grateful to their colonising masters can then be dismissed as a manifestation of their very inferiority; thus Disraeil's indignation with the Irish "lack of sympathy with the English character". Their failure to accept the English colonisers as ubermenschen a symptom of their being untermenschen, to transfer a little terminology.