Discipline: Political Science
Phrase coined by English writer Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936).
The government and development of empire is a burden, dutifully accepted by white Europeans, but unappreciated by those over whom they exercise their paternal power.
Kipling's poetic expression neatly encapsulates a theory of imperialism which was often more assumed than articulated.
A P Thornton, Doctrines of Imperialism (London, 1965)