This volume discusses a short history of British Colonial policy. With all its faults the book represents much reading and some thought. In writing what is, to some extent, a history of opinion, it has been impossible altogether to suppress my own individual opinions. I trust, however that I have not seemed to attach importance to them. In dealing with the later periods, I remembered Sir Walter Raleigh's remark on the fate which awaits the treatment of contemporary history; but obscurity may claim its compensations, and atleast I am not conscious of having written under the bias of personal or party prejudice.

chapter 108|9 pages


part 1|44 pages

The Period of Beginnings 1497–1650

chapter 1|10 pages

Chapter I

chapter 2|16 pages

Chapter II

chapter 3|16 pages

Chapter III

part 2|224 pages

The Period of Trade Ascendency 1651–1830

chapter 1|10 pages

Chapter I

chapter 2|19 pages

Chapter II

chapter 3|28 pages

Chapter III

chapter 4|25 pages

Chapter IV

chapter 5|31 pages

Chapter V

chapter 6|17 pages

Chapter VI

chapter 7|18 pages

Chapter VII

chapter 8|29 pages

Chapter VIII

chapter 9|22 pages

Chapter IX

chapter 10|23 pages

Chapter X

part 3|79 pages

The Period of Systematic Colonization and of the Granting of Responsible Government 1831–1860

chapter 1|22 pages

Chapter I

chapter 3|34 pages

Chapter II

chapter 3|22 pages

Chapter III

part 4|90 pages

The Period of the Zenith And Decline of Laissez-Aller Principles. 1861–1885

chapter 1|15 pages

Chapter I

chapter 2|31 pages

Chapter II

chapter 3|42 pages

Chapter III

part 5|30 pages

The Period of Greater Britain 1886 onwards

chapter 1|28 pages

Chapter V