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To the natives of the Sudan and the Chinese Boxers it was not so obvious, but the advance of Kitchener's army up the Nile and the bombardment of the Taku forts by the Royal Navy's squadrons were the actions of a world power in decline. The confident, expansive imperialism of the Pax Britannica had now given way to the defensive reactions of an empire engaged in a struggle for survival. 2. Colonial Self-government PETER BURROUGHS Colonial self-government is a central and familiar theme of British imperial history.
Platt has argued in a number of works. Usually Whitehall stayed aloof from supporting individual commercial enterprises; and many of the annexations which occurred in this period were not the manifestations of a 'free trade imperialism' by Britain but were caused instead by land-hungry settlers, ambitious soldiers, native wars and 'crumbling frontiers'. In addition, Platt notes, the objective requirements of the British economy prior to the 1860s were simply not sufficient to bring less developed areas like the Levant, Africa and China within its orbit, certainly not to the extent that a 'dependency relationship' was created.
To relieve the British taxpayer from contributing over £150,000 a year towards the cost of administering Quebec, larger funds had to be raised locally, and ministers had learned enough from the American Revolution to recognise that colonists could not be taxed except by their own elected legislatures. Grenville also hoped that the introduction of representative government would promote the eventual anglicisation of the French Canadians. If they participated as fully as the loyalists in the blessings of British constitutional liberty, surely they would in time adapt themselves to its usages and come to appreciate the superior merits of English laws and institutions.
British Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century by C. C. Eldridge (eds.)