The Developmental Legacies of British Colonialism

Matthew Lange

in Lineages of Despotism and Development

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226470689
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226470702 | DOI:
The Developmental Legacies of British Colonialism

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This chapter explores the possibility of British colonial state legacies through empirical and theoretical discussions. It reviews the rise and fall of the British Empire and compares the two general systems of colonial control employed by the British: direct and indirect rule. This chapter suggests that direct rule promoted state bureaucratization, infrastructural power and inclusiveness to a greater extent than indirect rule and thereby had more positive effects on development.

Keywords: colonial control; British Empire; direct rule; indirect rule; state bureaucratization; infrastructural power; inclusiveness; development; British Colonialism

Chapter.  8687 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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