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Excerpt from British Colonial Policy in the 20th CenturyAbout a quarter of a century ago, greatly daring, I sought to cover the whole field of British Colonial Policy in a single volume. If I had, at the time, read as much on the subject as I haveMoreExcerpt from British Colonial Policy in the 20th CenturyAbout a quarter of a century ago, greatly daring, I sought to cover the whole field of British Colonial Policy in a single volume. If I had, at the time, read as much on the subject as I have had occasion to read in subsequent years, I might have shrunk from the attempt. Still, in spite of faults both of omission and commission, of which no one is more conscious than its author, the book was found to meet a want, and up to the present day still finds readers, not least, I am glad to recognize, in the Dominions. It has, therefore, seemed desirable to deal with the more recent history, though in a somewhat more intensive manner. I am well aware of the lions that stand in the path of a writer who attempts to treat of Dominion politics without a firsthand and intimate knowledge of those great communities. But, on the other hand, not every one has the necessary time and money at his disposal to make a personal investigation- and, ignorant as we in Great Britain may be of Dominion matters, the ignorance in one Dominion about what is happening in another is, I understand, yet more striking- so that a general conspectus of imperial policy is at least as difficult for a Canadian or Australian as it is for a mere Englishman. I have sought to atone for my ignorance of Dominion conditions by calling in aid the ipsissima verba of their statesmen and politicians, as reported in the Hansards. A Dominion minister may be expected to prophesy smooth things under the genial influence of an enthusiastic reception in Great Britain- but what he says in his own Parliament, when he is facing the music of an alert and critical Opposition, cannot but throw light on the trend of national opinion.An apology is due for dealing, however briefly, with the well-worn theme of the probable character of the future relations between Great Britain and the Dominions- but the somewhat different standpoint from which the question is approached will, I trust, prevent what is said being a mere replica of what can be found in other books, some of no little ability.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.