By Zoë Laidlaw
This groundbreaking publication demanding situations regular interpretations of metropolitan thoughts of rule within the early 19th century. After the Napoleonic wars, the British govt governed a extra diversified empire than ever earlier than, and the Colonial place of work spoke back via cultivating robust own hyperlinks with governors and colonial officers during which effect, patronage and knowledge may perhaps circulate. by means of the 1830s the conviction that non-public connections have been the way of exerting effect in the imperial sphere went well past the metropolitan government.
This ebook demanding situations conventional notions of a thorough revolution in executive, picking out a extra profound and normal transition from a metropolitan reliance on gossip and private details to the include of recent statistical sorts of wisdom. The research strikes among London, New South Wales and the Cape Colony, encompassing either govt insiders and people who struggled opposed to colonial and imperial governments.
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51 As the ‘heir to the Clapham Sect leadership’, Buxton had important evangelical contacts including Zachary Macaulay, James Stephen senior, Charles Grant senior, Daniel Wilson (Bishop of Calcutta) and Wilberforce. Buxton’s contact through this network with James Stephen junior and Charles Grant junior (who became Lord Glenelg in 1835) also gave him personal connections inside the 1830s’ Colonial Office. Throughout the British colonies Buxton had correspondents and friends – clergy, missionaries, administrators and humanitarian settlers – who provided valuable information for his various metropolitan campaigns.
NETWORKING THE EMPIRE The centrality of London The networks which had most influence in colonial governance transmitted information, position and power via well-developed links to high-profile individuals in Britain, and particularly London. Contemporaries who sought to employ networks without such links were well aware of the disadvantages they faced. Imperial networks could not function without their colonial members, who provided information and local patronage; but their links to Britain were critical.
50 Brent, Liberal Anglican politics, pp. 252–87. 51 Madden, ‘Attitude of the evangelicals’, p. 13. 52 See Stanley, Bible and flag; Stanley, Baptist Missionary Society; Ward and Stanley, Church Mission Society; De Gruchy, London Missionary Society; Lovett, London Missionary Society. 53 Altholz, Religious press, pp. 16–25. 54 Coates, Beecham and Ellis, Christianity. 55 Ross, Philip, p. 101. , Kitchingman papers. 57 Ross, Philip, pp. 215–28.
Colonial Connections, 1815-45: Patronage, the Information Revolution and Colonial Government by Zoë Laidlaw