Colonial connections, 1815-45: Patronage, the information revolution and colonial government

Z Laidlaw

Manchester University Press | Published : 2013


This groundbreaking book challenges standard interpretations of metropolitan strategies of rule in the early nineteenth century. After the Napoleonic wars, the British government ruled a more diverse empire than ever before, and the Colonial Office responded by cultivating strong personal links with governors and colonial officials through which influence, patronage and information could flow. By the 1830s the conviction that personal connections were the best way of exerting influence within the imperial sphere went well beyond the metropolitan government. This book challenges traditional notions of a radical revolution in government, identifying a more profound and general transition from ..

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