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Lectures on Colonization and Colonies

Lectures on Colonization and Colonies
Delivered before the University of Oxford in 1839, 1840, and 1841
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, General

  • Date Published: October 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108020954

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  • Herman Merivale (1806–1874) was an English civil servant, historian and economist. After graduating from Trinity College, Oxford, in 1827 he was called to the bar in 1832. Merivale was elected Professor of Political Economy at the University of Oxford in 1837, and was appointed Permanent Under-Secretary to the Colonies in 1848. These volumes, first published in 1841, contain Merivale's influential series of lectures on the political economy of colonization which he delivered at the University of Oxford in 1839, 1840 and 1841. He discusses a broad range of topics related to colonization, analyzing its economic effects on the mother country through emigration and discussing the laws governing the generation of wealth and growth of colonies. His lectures also include an influential criticism of the Wakefield Scheme of colonization and provide valuable insights into contemporary opinions on the economic management of colonies.

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    • Date Published: October 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108020954
    • dimensions: 320 x 250 x 67 mm
    • weight: 1.21kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Part I. Historical Account of the Progress of the Colonies of Modern Europe:
    1. Account of the colonies of Spain in continental America, up to the period of their independence
    2. Spanish colonies in the West Indies. Portuguese, Dutch, and French colonies
    3. Brief historical sketch of British colonization. British colonies in the West Indies. North American colonies, down to the period of their independence
    4. Account of the present British colonies in North America, South Africa, and Australia
    Part II. Economical Effects of Colonization on the Parent State:
    5. Effects of emigration on the progress of population and wealth, and on the relations between capital and labour, in the mother country
    6. Effects of the exportation of capital, which takes place in the process of colonizing, on the wealth of the mother country
    7. On colonial trade, and the colonial system, as affecting the wealth of the mother country
    8. The same subject continued
    Part III. Progress of Wealth and Society in Colonies:
    9. Elements of prosperity in new colonies: land, capital, and labour
    10. Methods which have been adopted of securing a supply of labour in colonies
    11. The same subject continued. Volume 2: Part III continued. Progress of Wealth and Society in Colonies:
    12. Employment of convict labour
    13. Methods of obtaining labour in colonies without slaves or convicts
    14. Disposal of land in new colonies
    15. Effects of the disposal of land in new colonies by free grant, and by sale at low prices, examined, especially in North America
    16. Effects of the disposal of land in colonies at high prices
    17. Examination of some subjects connected with the disposal of land in new colonies
    18. Policy of colonial governments towards native tribes, as regards their protection and their civilization
    19. The same subject continued
    20. Progress of wealth in colonies
    21. Expenditure of colonial revenues
    22. Social and political characteristics of colonial communities.

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    Herman Merivale

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