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At the back of my mind, something else felt wrong - it's "the British Empire".

Having checked, I see that Nathan Mayer Rothschild died in 1836, a year before the young Victoria came to the throne, 40 years before she took on the title of "Empress of India". The expression "the British Empire" may have conveyed something to some people in the 1820s and '30s, but phrases like "his Majesty's dominions" are more likely at the time. "The British Empire" is more of a post-hoc historiographic construct that gained currency later in the century.

The entire "quote" feels like a twentieth-century hack job to me. Anti-semitic sources not to be ruled out.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Sep 2nd, 2009 at 03:08:22 AM EST
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I suspect you're right, but the language by itself is not necessarily proof, as a genuine quote might just have been modernized. I noticed this a few years ago in the German press with Bismarck's famous comment about George Bush ("Wehe dem Staatsmann, der sich in dieser Zeit nicht nach einem Grunde zum Kriege umsieht, der auch nach dem Kriege noch stichhaltig ist."): while the quote itself is genuine, many papers would reword it in modern German while still claiming it as a literal quote. I could easily see someone quietly changing "Hs Majesty's dominion" to the "British Empire" in a similar way.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Sep 2nd, 2009 at 03:15:30 AM EST
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This plus the absence of a reference for the quote seems enough to disqualify it?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Sep 2nd, 2009 at 03:16:47 AM EST
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I think the absence of a reference is the key part, and the language just serves as a backup.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Sep 2nd, 2009 at 03:18:45 AM EST
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