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Imperial Networks: Creating Identities in Nineteenth Century by Alan Lester

By Alan Lester

Imperial Networks investigates the discourses and practices of British colonialism. It finds how British colonialism within the japanese Cape sector used to be trained by means of, and itself proficient, imperial rules and actions in different places, either in Britain and in different colonies. It examines: * the origins and improvement of the 3 interacting discourses of colonialism - respectable, humanitarian and settler* the contests, compromises and interaction among those discourses and their proponents* the research of those discourses within the mild of an international humanitarian stream within the aftermath of the antislavery crusade* the eventual colonisation of the japanese cape and the development of colonial settler identities. For any pupil or resarcher of this significant point of heritage, this may be a staple a part of their reading vitamin.

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133 By the mid-1820s, humanitarian discourse was articulated most consistently and eloquently in the colony by Dr John Philip, the superintendent of the London Missionary Society (LMS) in the Cape and a director on the board of the society in Britain. 135 Indirectly, it was van der Kemp and Read who had brought Philip out to the colony. They were both loathed by labour-hungry colonists. 136 Of greater concern to the 32 Colonial projects and the eastern Cape metropolitan directors of the LMS, Read, who had married a Khoesan woman, had been found guilty of adultery, and van der Kemp, who had married the daughter of a slave, seemed to have abandoned bourgeois respectability altogether for a Khoesan lifestyle.

53 Invariably, these memorials complained about stock loss at the hands of Xhosa raiding parties seeking to maintain their own access to contested grazing land. 54 In 1809, he ordered that the hundreds of Xhosas unof®cially earning livestock by working on frontier farms, and those independent chiefdoms engaging in transhumance furthest within the colony, were to be expelled east across the Sundays River. In 1811, however, Caledon's successor, Cradock, received further memorials from burghers, again representing the Xhosa consistently as rapacious cattle thieves.

In colonial policy, the shift meant that the venal and corrupt regimes of autocratic governors (of which Somerset's Cape government was exemplary), would have to be replaced by a form of government that was regulated, principled and consistent. R. 105 What made this logic of renewed Toryism all the more compelling in the case of the Cape Colony was its reinforcement by local reformist interests, each of which was forging its own direct and indirect contacts with the British government and with pressure groups like the Clapham Sect.

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