The expansion of Europe: the culmination of modern history (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Company, 1917 - History - 300 pages
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Page 94 - Great Britain is the nation which can do us the most harm of any one, or all on earth; and with her on our side we need not fear the whole world. With her, then, we should most sedulously cherish a cordial friendship; and nothing would tend more to knit our affections than to be fighting once more, side by side, in the same cause.
Page 144 - To-day the United States is practically sovereign on this continent, and its fiat is law upon the subjects to which it confines its interposition.
Page 124 - We should look upon India, not as a temporary possession, but as one which is to be maintained permanently, until the natives shall in some future age have abandoned most of their superstitions and prejudices, and become sufficiently enlightened to frame a regular government for themselves, and to conduct and preserve it.
Page 112 - Legislation, and of the improvements of which it is susceptible, it is recognised as an indisputable principle, that the interests of the Native Subjects are to be consulted in preference to those of Europeans, whenever the two come in competition...
Page 125 - Britain itself at least as hopeless as it is here. When we reflect how much the character of nations has always been influenced by that of governments, and that some, once the most cultivated, have sunk into barbarism, while others, formerly the rudest, have attained the highest point of civilisation, we shall see no reason to doubt that if we pursue steadily the proper measures, we shall in time so far improve the character of our Indian subjects as to enable them to govern and protect themselves.
Page 130 - Be it enacted that no native of the said territories... shall by reason only of his religion, place of birth, descent, colour, or any of them, be disabled from holding any place, office, or employment in the said Company.
Page 36 - Majesty,) that he said he would have them severely punished, who did abuse his Governor and the Plantation ; that the defendants were dismissed with a favorable Order for their encouragement, being assured from some of the Council that his Majesty did not intend to impose the ceremonies of the Church of England upon them ; for that it was considered that it was the freedom from such things that made people come over to them.
Page 133 - With equal definiteness this year may be said to mark the opening of a new era in the history of European imperialism ; an era of eager competition for the control of the still unoccupied regions of the world...
Page 125 - ... superstitions and prejudices, and become sufficiently enlightened to frame a regular government for themselves, and to conduct and preserve it. Whenever such a time shall arrive, it will probably be best for both countries that the British control over India should be gradually withdrawn. That the desirable change contemplated may in some after age be effected in India, there is no cause to despair.
Page 232 - ... justice instead of oppression, freedom for the development of the capacities and characteristic ideas of their peoples, and the prospect of a steady growth of national unity and political responsibility. To the backward races it has meant the suppression of unending slaughter, the disappearance of slavery, the protection of the rights and usages of primitive and simple folk against reckless exploitation, and the chance of gradual improvement and emancipation from barbarism. But to all alike,...

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