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By George Boyce

This ebook combines an research of the guidelines and rules that ruled the British event of decolonization. It indicates how the British, might be extra competently the English, political culture, with its emphasis on adventure over summary thought, used to be imperative to the best way the empire used to be considered as being remodeled instead of misplaced. This used to be an important point of the rather painless British lack of empire. It locations the method of decolonization in its wider context, tracing the twentieth-century family and overseas stipulations that hastened decolonization, and, via a detailed research of not just the coverage offerings but additionally the language of British imperialism, it throws new mild at the British method of handling either the growth and contraction of empire.

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35 Durham hardly mentioned Upper Canada, where there were serious difficulties between the Legislature and the local oligarchy which controlled the executive and legislative Councils, and some reformers in the Assembly even North America, 1775-1850 37 advocated the American principle of an elective Upper House. 36 There was even the American religious parallel, for most of the oligarchy in Upper Canada was Anglican in religion. Governors sought to support an Anglican establishment and secure for the church all the privileges of an establishment, but the majority of the province's inhabitants were Dissenters, with an eye to clipping the wings of the Anglican Church.

In December 1835 the Deputy Post-Master General, T. H. Stayner, a large landholder and no irresponsible agitator, wrote from Quebec to the Hon. John 34 Decolonisation and the British Empire Macaulay, who was about to become a member of the Legislative Council of Upper Canada, that the English were becoming convinced that 'the crisis is at hand when blows must be come to and the question be decided whether they are to be slaves or freemen'. The French must be pandered to no longer and the English were now 'desirous of any change that may relieve them of the odious tyranny which now rules the country'.

12 Burke's advice was unacceptable to those who saw the American challenge for what it was - a test of the will, and the resolve to apply that will, of the British Crown in Parliament. 26 Decolonisation and the British Empire In resolving to go to war with the colonists if need be, King George III and his ministers were certain that they were acting in defence of the Crown's prerogative to demand allegiance and obedience from its subjects, and in such a way that would preserve the British Empire.

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