By George Boyce
This e-book combines an research of the information and regulations that ruled the British event of decolonization. It exhibits how the British, probably extra properly the English, political culture, with its emphasis on event over summary thought, was once indispensable to the best way the empire was once considered as being reworked instead of misplaced. This used to be an important element of the fairly painless British lack of empire. It areas the method of decolonization in its wider context, tracing the twentieth-century family and foreign 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 approach of dealing with either the growth and contraction of empire.
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It was easy, in the first instance, to adopt a strong line, and suspend the assembly of Lower Canada, replacing it with a special council, nominated by the governor. But Lord Howick and Sir George Grey opposed this, suggesting instead that the governor should be given a discretionary power to call a purely advisory convention of delegates from both Canadas to gauge the state of public opinion and discuss the possibility of a union between the two provinces. In January 1838 the Whig Prime Minister, Lord john Russell, announced that the government would dispatch the Earl of Durham as high commissioner and governor-general to deal with the emergency.
This was adopted by the English as well as the French Canadians. 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'.
19 The British victory over the French in the Seven Years War was the culmination of frictions between the two powers that had occasioned hostilities before the formal declaration of war in 1756. This victory proved in many ways more troublesome than the defeat of 1775-83. It incorporated into the empire a European people, the French Canadians, a people of different (and dangerous) religion, potentially recalcitrant, resentful and troublesome. It incorporated too the British loyalist majority, reinforced by those loyalists who fled to Canada after the American Revolution.