The Climax of Anti-Imperialism: A Crisis of Opinion
The years 1869–70 witnessed a controversial upheaval in imperial relations. The government’s policy was suddenly attacked in Parliament, the press, at public meetings and in the colonies themselves. The new Colonial Secretary, Earl Granville, was thought by many contemporary observers, and indeed by some subsequent writers, to have contemplated dismembering the empire. And it was this reaction to the apparent trend of Granville’s policy that led, it has been suggested, to an imperialist revival in the 1870s.1
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