Arthur Conan Doyle was an ardent British patriot and imperialist. His political views were based on the Victorian Anglocentric worldview, commitment to law and order. He was president of the Boys' Empire League, an imperialist boys' movement dedicated to ideals of patriotism and Christian manliness. He wrote patriotic stories for the boys' journal Union Jack and for the Boy's Own Paper. Conan Doyle was also a confirmed Unionist since 1886, but after 1916 he supported the Home Rule in Ireland. He tried unsuccessfully to go to Parliament as a Liberal Unionist for Edinburgh Central in 1900 and for Hawick in 1906. He was also engaged in the cause of divorce law reform, but he opposed some of the actions of the women's suffrage movement.

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