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The critique of British expansionism
Vicky Randall

parts of the empire seemed to be following the same trajectory. By 1860 representative self-government had been granted to Canada; Newfoundland; Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Prince Edward Island; New Zealand; New South Wales; Tasmania; South Australia; Victoria; and Queensland. The belief that the British Empire would be dismantled was further stimulated by the attitudes and actions of Gladstone as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Colonial Secretary, and four-times Prime Minister. Over the course of his career Gladstone made speeches on the financial burdens of

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