The Future of the Empire: Federation or Disintegration?
The ‘crisis of opinion’ precipitated by Earl Granville and made into an issue by the small group of agitators in 1869–70 had caused the question of empire to be discussed at length in Parliament, the daily press and in the better-class periodicals. The noisy meetings at the Cannon Street Hotel and the miscellaneous activities of various fellows of the Colonial Society (renamed the Royal Colonial Institute in March 1870) finally forced people to consider seriously whether they wished to see the empire disintegrate without any attempt being made by the mother country to secure the existing relationship.
KeywordsDepression Europe Steam Defend October 1879
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