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The British monarchy in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, 1991–2016

As the Queen approaches her ninetieth birthday, republicans in both major political parties have reached a consensus in recent years that there will be no move towards a republic until the post-Elizabethan era. Agreeing to wait until the monarch dies, they hope that the last residue of attachment to the monarchy will die with her, if it has not died already. During the Queen’s past four visits to

in Crowns and colonies

commemorate the presence of the Scots Brigade as the garrison at the Cape for a substantial period in the eighteenth century. At any rate, it symbolises a Scots presence which is of long standing. Indeed, Scots did not wait until the first British capture of the Cape in 1795 to be engaged in the establishment of a white community at the southern tip of Africa. In this respect they were following a long

in The Scots in South Africa
The intellectual influence of non-medical research on policy and practice in the Colonial Medical Service in Tanganyika and Uganda

were outraged that young men seemingly preferred to wait around in eastern Buhaya to inherit their fathers’ plots rather than open up new coffee farms of their own. As early as 1932 colonial commentators had become convinced that the eastern ridges had reached their carrying capacity, and that young men were unable to marry while they waited for their inheritance. Officials, themselves self

in Beyond the state

. For Lacey, the events in 1956 provided a crystallising moment in the way that she thought about Britain's international responsibilities. On the evening of the 31 October she sat next to the radio in a friend's flat in snowy Geneva and waited for the international news. For two days the world press had been full of the Suez Crisis and Hungarian Revolution; that night was no different. Lacey listened to leader of the Labour opposition Hugh Gaitskell's passionate condemnation of Eden's decision to attack Egypt without the support of the United Nations. She listened to

in British civic society at the end of empire
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British accounts from pre-Opium War Canton

Dyke has argued that over the long term the Canton System’s ‘strengths overshadowed its weaknesses’. Far from being an anachronism, the Canton trade was ‘one of the most important contributors to the rise of modern “global” economies’. 1 Nor was the Canton System necessarily a cultural clash waiting to erupt. In his study of British naturalists in Qing China, Fa-ti Fan describes

in The cultural construction of the British world

the years – the use of electricity, the acceptance of motor vehicles, the admission of Indians, the admission of women – it also protected those ‘traditions’ that Pai refers to. For instance, it retained an all-male bar, and continued to be among the most desirable clubs in south India with a multi-year waiting list for membership. 65 A more modern club with similar nostalgia for the past is

in In the club
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European monarchies and overseas empires

Crowns and Colonies is a set of sixteen original essays by distinguished international scholars that explore the relationship between European monarchies and overseas empires. The essays argue that during much of the history of colonialism there existed a direct and important link between most colonial empires and the institutions of monarchy. The contributions, which encompass the British, French, Dutch, Italian and German empires, examine the constitutional role of the monarchs in overseas territories brought under their flag, royal prerogatives exercised in the empires, individual connections between monarchs and their colonial domains, such aspects of monarchical rule as royal tours and regalia, and the place of indigenous hereditary rulers in the colonial system. Several chapters also focus on the evolution of the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth and former British colonies.

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Kipling’s secret sharer

man whose vanity causes his ‘fall, his sudden degradation into physical enslavement by a completely savage woman’. ‘I’ve seen that!’ he added, as if to underscore his repulsion. In other hands Aïssa might have been made a tempting example of sexual opportunities waiting beyond the frontiers of civilisation. Conrad emphasises instead the unwholesomeness of her allure. She is the

in Imperium of the soul
Confining women at sea

the objectified ‘wooden’ images of cross-dressing pirates, port town prostitutes, and waiting, weeping wives and sweethearts onshore. 22 In all these guises, the domestic, the feminine and the women themselves were integral, not marginal, to the maritime world. Yet in recovering such histories, many studies have simply adopted an ‘additive’ approach to women and

in Oceania under steam
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Mobilities, networks and the making of colonial medical culture

In July 2004 I travelled with Harvey Banda (a Malawian friend and colleague) to Livingstonia at the top of the Khondowe plateau overlooking Lake Malawi. The presbytery headquarters at Mzuzu had radioed ahead to the Livingstonia hospital and requested transport assistance for us. On our arrival by minibus at the lakeshore crossing, we were met by a waiting ambulance that contained

in Medicine, mobility and the empire