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Media and the British Empire by Chandrika Kaul (eds.)

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The press was a vehicle for all these concerns, much influenced by Adam Smith and other figures of the Scottish Enlightenment. By 1853, the efforts of this group (in league with influential Dutch and English allies) culminated in the establishment of representative government at the Cape. Somerset and the ‘Scotch Independents’ Three Scottish figures dominated this tempestuous period at the Cape, and the developments of the 1820s can only be understood in terms of their background. 8 Philip was the son of a handloom weaver from Fife, and born therefore into a social group that was to be most The Creation of a Free Press at the Cape 23 disadvantaged by the developing industrialism of the period.

John M. MacKenzie, ‘On Scotland and the Empire’, International History Review, XV, 4 (1993): 734. 4. During this period the colony was returned to the Dutch under the terms of the Treaty of Amiens. 5. H. C. Botha, John Fairbairn in South Africa (Cape Town: Historical Publication Society 1984), p. 16. For Walker and Robertson, see J. L. Meltzer, ‘The Growth of Cape Town Commerce and the Role of John Fairbairn’s Advertiser, 1835–1859’, Archives Year Book of South African History (1994), pp. 110ff.

2. Hans-Frederik Dahl, ‘The Pursuit of Media History’, Media, Culture and Society, vol. 16 (London and New Delhi: Sage, 1994), p. 556. 3. , p. 557. 4. M. de Nie, The Eternal Paddy (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004), S. J. ), Newspapers and Empire in Ireland and Britain (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004); P. Chowdhry, Colonial India and the Making of Empire Cinema (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000); James R. Ryan, Picturing Empire (London: Reaktion Books, 1997). 5. J. Curran, Media and Power (London: Routledge, 2002).

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