Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 May 2012

256 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719069192

Bookseller Code (06)


Colonial connections, 1815-45

Patronage, the information revolution and colonial government

Zoë Laidlaw

Published by Manchester University Press

Studies in Imperialism MUP

  • Overturns standard interpretations of British imperial rule between the Napoleonic wars and the introduction of colonial self-government
  • Argues that the displacement of personal and anecdotal information by new forms of statistical knowledge profoundly affected British imperial rule from the 1830s
  • A contribution to the 'new imperial history', it connects the historiographies of colonial Australia and South Africa with that of Britain
  • Demonstrates the significance of networks of personal connection to imperial rule between 1815 and 1845

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