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Equal Subjects, Unequal RightsIndigenous People in British Settler Colonies, 1830-1910$
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Julie Evans, Patricia Grimshaw, and David Phillips

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719060038

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719060038.001.0001

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Imperial expansion and its critics

Imperial expansion and its critics

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(p.17) Chapter One Imperial expansion and its critics
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Equal Subjects, Unequal Rights
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Julie Evans

Patricia Grimshaw

David Philips

Shurlee Swain

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719060038.003.0002

This chapter traces the story of the expansion of the British Empire up to the mid-1830s in North America, southern Africa and Australasia, and offers a subsequent reappraisal of colonial administration in these regions. An overview of Britain's gradual acquisition of settler colonies as men and women of European origin appropriated Indigenous peoples' lands in these regions is presented. In the later 1830s, British imperial policies towards the rights of the Indigenous peoples of the Empire, and towards the political rights of settlers, made as they were from the British Empire's center in London, showed a degree of uniformity. The settler colonies later diverged from the central control to form their own governments. The key tensions from which these differing paths emerged can be illustrated by examining the content, recommendations and subsequent implementation of two influential reports, both emanating from the British Parliament of the 1830s: the Report of the Select Committee on Aborigines of 1837 and the Report on the Affairs of British North America, or the Durham Report, of 1839.

Keywords:   British Empire, Aborigines, Durham Report, Great Britain, settler colonies

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