A Short History of British Colonial Policy

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 2, 2010 - History - 524 pages
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Hugh Edward Egerton (1855-1927) was a British barrister and colonial historian. After graduating from Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 1876 he was appointed private secretary to Edward Stanhope in 1885. His employer's promotion to Secretary of State for the Colonies in 1886 sparked a lifelong interest in colonial policy, which led to his becoming Professor of Colonial History at the University of Oxford in 1905. This volume, first published in 1897, contains Egerton's pioneering history of developments of British colonial policy. Focusing on colonial policy from 1457, Egerton explores the causes of changes in Britain's colonial policy, linking the importance of securing trade with the growth of systemic colonization and examining the rise and decline of laissez-aller attitudes in the mid nineteenth century. This volume was the first published historical survey of colonial policy, and continues to provides a comprehensive overview of developments in British colonial policy.
 

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Contents

THE PERIOD OF THE ZENITH AND DECLINE
1
A List of Dates bearing upon Colonial Policy
7
Chapter I
13
First expedition of Cabot 1497
14
Formal possession taken of Newfoundland by Sir H Gilbert 1583
23
Bermudas settled l609l6l2
45
BOOK II
55
Committee of Privy Council for administering Colonies I634
62
Chapter VIII
205
Chapter IX
234
Declaration of Independence 1776
246
Chapter X
256
First Conquest of Cape of Good Hope 1795
269
BOOK III
279
Land Regulations and Appointment of Emigration Commissioners 1831
284
Annexation of New Zealand 1840
292

Chapter II
67
Navigation Act 1660
75
Council for Foreign Plantations 166 I
84
Chapter III
86
Chapter IV
114
Board of Trade 1696
116
Chapter V
138
Peace of Ryswick restoration of Acadia 1697
161
Chapter VI
170
Outbreak of War between England and Spain 1739
174
Chapter VII
187
Treaty of Paris 1763
189
Stamp Act 1765
196
Chapter II
302
Canada Reunion Act 1840
308
Charter to Connecticut l662
310
Chapter III
336
Chapter I
361
Chapter II
376
Chapter III
407
BOOK V
449
Bibliography
481
APPENDIX
491
Index
497
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