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Convict transportation, colonial reform and the imperial body politic
Kirsty Reid

illiberal government was founded in the corruption of men by patronage and bribery, and these arguments had formed part of their critique of the unreformed British state for decades. Imperial expenditure was interpreted as a sign of ‘Old Corruption’ abroad, apparent evidence that the colonies were becoming bastions of aristocracy, privilege and tyranny. 161 Reformers argued that growing numbers of

in Gender, crime and empire
Bringing Africa to the Scottish public
Bryan S. Glass

Herald stated that there was a need ‘for stern action to restore peace and order in Kenya’ and that collective punishment constituted illiberal measures that were needed to end ‘a brutal and barbarous campaign of terror’. 44 This disagreement over the issue of collective punishment constitutes only one of the differences between the Scottish papers on how best to handle the

in Scotland, empire and decolonisation in the twentieth century
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‘If they treat the Indians humanely, all will be well’
Julie Evans, Patricia Grimshaw, David Philips, and Shurlee Swain

indiscriminately allowed the privilege . . . was both unjust and illiberal’. 30 Ten years later he was agitating ‘to put the Indians on the same footing as the white . . . [taking] some of the privileges which they had superior to those of the white men, such as the privilege of hunting at unseasonable times . . . [and] the privilege under some circumstances of not paying their debts’. 31

in Equal subjects, unequal rights
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Police, people and social control in Cape Town
Bill Nasson

India, for example, the police were customarily deployed in a more forceful and distressingly illiberal ‘political’ way. 22 Something of this quite beguiling order seems to have held good: exactly how much, and under what kind of durable local and popular conditions, is a large and intriguing historical question. None of this is to say that those who guarded Cape Town’s lingering liberal capitalist

in Policing the empire
Communism, communalism and decolonisation
A.J. Stockwell

. For all his illiberal appearance, Templer was in fact committed to political advance and police reform. Moreover, his arrival in Malaya early in 1952 coincided with the replacement of Gray by Colonel Arthur Young. Indeed, in stressing Young’s shock at finding ‘what he called a “Police State”’, 24 Purcell weakened his attack upon Templer, for Young was commenting upon the situation which the new High

in Policing and decolonisation
Migration in the last gasp of empire
Kathleen Paul

inhibited in their actions by the perception that such legislation would be unpopular with the UK public. Specifically ministers feared that any attempt to control the inward migration of British subjects of colour would be condemned as ‘illiberal’ by the ‘more vocal elements’ of public opinion. 46 Given the editorials running in journals such as The Economist and even popular newspapers such as the Daily

in British culture and the end of empire
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British accounts from pre-Opium War Canton
John M. Carroll

-estimated’ or ‘despised’ on ‘the score of their moral attributes’. This, he cautioned, made as much sense as trying to ‘form an estimate of our national character in England’ from ‘some commercial sea-port’. If the British were to judge the Chinese on their experience in Canton, ‘we in fact become as illiberal as themselves’. 55 Toogood Downing aimed in his three volumes to reveal ‘the absurdity of prejudice

in The cultural construction of the British world
Convict transportation and colonial independence
Kirsty Reid

aristocratic government at home. Van Diemen’s Land, the political offender William Ashton told public meetings on his return to England in the late 1830s, was the product of an already illiberal and ‘blood-stained’ British state. ‘Look at the annals of’ this ‘country’, he counselled: keep in mind the Manchester massacre [Peterloo] . . . the

in Gender, crime and empire
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John Marriott

India as a laboratory for utilitarianism. Because of the ambivalent nature of philosophical radicalism, Javed Majeed contends, utilitarianism had only a limited impact on British rule in India. 20 Nowhere is this illustrated better than in the edition of the History edited by Horace Hyman Wilson, who defends orientalism against the ‘harsh and illiberal spirit’ of the book. And if India was the focus

in The other empire
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Colonial subjects and the appeal for imperial justice
Charles V. Reed

The Times , Abdurahman appealed directly to the people of Great Britain in the name of ‘the millions of loyal British subjects whom we have been delegated to represent’ to challenge the act’s clauses barring non-whites from election to the Union parliament on grounds that: (a) They are illiberal, unjust, and unreasonably offensive

in Royal tourists, colonial subjects and the making of a British world, 1860–1911