By George Boyce
This e-book combines an research of the guidelines and guidelines that ruled the British event of decolonization. It indicates how the British, maybe extra appropriately the English, political culture, with its emphasis on event over summary concept, was once necessary to the best way the empire used to be considered as being remodeled instead of misplaced. This used to be an important element of the rather painless British lack of empire. It locations the method of decolonization in its wider context, tracing the twentieth-century household and overseas stipulations that hastened decolonization, and, via an in depth research of not just the coverage offerings but in addition the language of British imperialism, it throws new mild at the British method of coping with either the growth and contraction of empire.
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16 But the British were guided by their King's determined statement in his speech from the throne in November 1774 that 'you may depend upon my firm and steadfast resolution to withstand any attempt to weaken or impair the supreme authority of this legislature over all the Dominions of my crown; the maintenance of which I consider as essential to the dignity, the safety and the welfare of the British Empire'. There could be no choice but one of war, in the last resort. 17 Had Britain won the war of American independence, then she would still have been faced with the problem of what to do with her subjugated colonies.
The assumption in the internal British imperium, that the state had the right to command its citizens' obedience, and levy taxes upon them, was all very well: but what was the 'state'? It was based on the relationship between King, Parliament and People, as represented in the House of Commons. How strong was the King's authority in this system? That would be tested domestically, and with some political instability in the 1760s; how strong the King's authority was in the Colonial Empire, an empire of Godfearing, liberty-loving ex-Englishmen and Irish Presbyterians remained to be seen.
3 RATIONALISM AND EMPIRE, 1850-1914 In 1853 Earl Grey, who was most closely associated with the successful introduction of responsible government to Canada, surmised that the British Colonial Empire ought to be maintained, not only because it was a responsibility that could not lightly be set aside, but also because of the fact that 'much of the power and influence of this Country depends upon its having large Colonial possessions in different parts of the world'. These gave Britain 'a number of steady and faithful allies in various quarters of the globe' and also the strength of 'opinion and moral influence' which, if lost would diminish British power 'to a degree which it would be difficult to estimate'.