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Patronage, the information revolution and colonial government
Author: Zoë Laidlaw

The fascination with imperialism, in all its aspects, shows no sign of abating, and the 'Studies in Imperialism' series continues to lead the way in encouraging the widest possible range of studies in the field. This book makes a significant contribution to the study of historical networking. While the book covers the thirty years after Waterloo, it is particularly concerned with changes to colonial governance in the 1830s. In pursuing these themes, the book engages with broad questions about British imperialism in the early nineteenth century. It provides the opportunity to bring together new imperial and British historiography, to examine the somewhat neglected area of colonial governance, where 'governance' implies a concern with processes of government and administration. The first part of the book introduces, and then dissects, some of the networks of patronage and information which were critical to colonial governance. It examines changes in Colonial Office organisation and policies between 1815 and 1836. The second part deals with the development, implementation and effects of networks of personal communications in New South Wales and the Cape Colony up to 1845. The private correspondence of governors with their immediate subordinates within the colonies demonstrates the continual assessment and re-assessment of metropolitan politics, imperial policies, and the reception of colonial lobbyists. The final part of the book focuses on Britain, considering the impact of a changing information order on colonial governance, and examines how colonial and metropolitan concerns converged and cross-fertilised.

Liverpool’s inconvenient imperial past

Liverpool occupies a prominent position in the contemporary popular imagination. In spite of decades of economic decline, urban decay and a name associated by some with poverty and crime, the city's reputation is by no means a negative one. The book is a collection of essays that focuses on the strength of Liverpool's merchant marine, representing both informal and formal empire over centuries. It discusses the interracial relationships in 1950s and 1960s Liverpool to demonstrate that many African and Afro-Caribbean sailors (and others) married or had relationships with white women. Given existing deficiencies in the historiographies of both Liverpool and the British Empire, the book aims to reassess both Liverpool's role within the British imperial system and the impact on the port city of its colonial connections. Liverpool's success has often been attributed to, and marred by, its being the leader in the slave trade after 1750. Napoleonic Wars were a period of great turbulence and difficulty for the Liverpool commercial community. Liverpool is perceived as a diasporic city, however, its ambiguous nineteenth-century identity reflected the tensions of its complex migrant connections. An analysis of Liverpool's business connections with South America reveals its relative commercial decline and the notion of 'gentlemanly capitalism'. The African ethnology collection of National Museums Liverpool's (NML) ethnology collections are displayed in the 'World Cultures' gallery of the World Museum Liverpool, which opened in 2005. Liverpool is perhaps not exceptional, though its networks are notable and striking.

A Focus on Community Engagement
Frédéric Le Marcis, Luisa Enria, Sharon Abramowitz, Almudena-Mari Saez, and Sylvain Landry B. Faye

Abbreviation of Samuel Kayon Doe. 4 MSF Belgium was heavily involved in the Ebola response, even though Belgium had no colonial connection with the Mano River countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia). But MSF Belgium’s expertise of Ebola is strongly correlated with the Democratic Republic of Congo, a former Belgium colony and which in 1976 experienced the first Ebola outbreak

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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The empire in one city?
Sheryllynne Haggerty, Anthony Webster, and Nicholas J. White

authority and a general independent mindedness’. 11 While the British Empire certainly appears in Lane’s account of the forging of the ‘Liverpool character’, on closer examination the key factors were those connected with Liverpool’s role as an international port, rather than its colonial connections. The lifestyles of dockers and seafarers, and the influx of a multi-ethnic immigrant population (also

in The empire in one city?
Imperialism, Politics and Society
Author: Martin Thomas

In the twenty years between the end of the First World War and the start of the Second, the French empire reached its greatest physical extent. At the end of the First World War, the priority of the French political community was to consolidate and expand the French empire for, inter alia, industrial mobilisation and global competition for strategic resources. The book revisits debates over 'associationism' and 'assimilationism' in French colonial administration in Morocco and Indochina, and discusses the Jonnart Law in Algeria and the role of tribal elites in the West African colonies. On the economy front, the empire was tied to France's monetary system, and most colonies were reliant on the French market. The book highlights three generic socio-economic issues that affected all strata of colonial society: taxation and labour supply, and urban development with regard to North Africa. Women in the inter-war empire were systematically marginalised, and gender was as important as colour and creed in determining the educational opportunities open to children in the empire. With imperialist geographical societies and missionary groups promoting France's colonial connection, cinema films and the popular press brought popular imperialism into the mass media age. The book discusses the four rebellions that shook the French empire during the inter-war years: the Rif War of Morocco, the Syrian revolt, the Yen Bay mutiny in Indochina, and the Kongo Wara. It also traces the origins of decolonisation in the rise of colonial nationalism and anti-colonial movements.

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Zoë Laidlaw

surveys the conclusions reached by Colonial connections , considers how these new conceptualisations of empire really affected colonial governance. By connecting Colonial Office developments in the 1830s with a study of the networks of personal connection that expanded across Britain, New South Wales and the Cape Colony, Colonial connections

in Colonial connections, 1815–45
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Zoë Laidlaw

formal government when non-governmental lobbyists could play a critical part in decision-making. Considering the networks used to govern the colonies during the first half of the nineteenth century additionally alerts us to the patronage and information they conveyed, while highlighting the problems, as well as the benefits, of rule via close personal connection. Second, while Colonial connections covers

in Colonial connections, 1815–45
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James E. Moran

book has grown, in part, out of a desire to exploit the potential of an excellent collection of civil trials in lunacy in the state of New Jersey. As the colonial connections between North American and English civil law in the response to madness came increasingly into focus, what was originally conceived of as a regional case study grew into one that was transatlantic. This transatlantic turn evolved out of an interest in tracing the origins of New Jersey's lunacy investigation law. Historiographically, the transatlantic casting of this book has also been guided by

in Madness on trial
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Matthew G. Stanard

, European identity and the colonial connection’, European Journal of Social Theory , 5, 4 (2002), p. 485. 9 Stefan Berger (ed.), A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Europe, 1789–1914 (Oxford 2006), p. xxv. C.A. Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World 1780–1914: Global Connections and Comparisons (Malden MA 2004

in European empires and the people
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John M. Mackenzie

constantly reminded by missionaries and other agencies of their own good fortune, and their own lot was contrasted by teachers and clerics, school texts and popular literature, with that of peoples in the Empire. The same message was proclaimed by the containers of every beverage they drank, and in a host of advertisements and packagings. Thus through the colonial connection domestic ‘under-classes’ could

in Propaganda and Empire