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The Theory and Practice of Informal Empire

  • Philip D. Curtin

Abstract

Political objectives were conspicuously missing from the British discussion of African affairs. Not only was government policy firmly opposed to annexation; few of the publicists for African activity even stressed the desirability of empire for the sake of empire. Few suggested that the power to command was worth having as a primary value, or that British dominion over Africa might be sought as a sign of British national glory and greatness. The desired ends of British policy were either wealth or the civilizing mission, or a combination of both. Only the means were political.

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Niger Delta Slave Trade Gold Coast Guinea Coast Legislative Council 
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