Colonial Connections 1815-1845: Patronage, the Information Revolution and Colonial Government

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Manchester University Press, 2005 - History - 241 pages
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 a metropolitan reliance on gossip and personal information to the embrace of new statistical forms of knowledge. The analysis moves between London, New South Wales and the Cape Colony, encompassing both government insiders and those who struggled against colonial and imperial governments.

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Page 218 - Rivers, 1831), and Observations on the rights of the British colonies to representation in the imperial parliament (Three Rivers, 1832); and an early Upper Canadian imprint, The Lower Canada watchman (Kingston, 1829), is attributed to him.

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Zoe Laidlaw is Lecturer in History at Royal Holloway, University of London (Summer 2005)

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