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Imperial underworld : an escaped convict and the transformation of the British colonial order

Author: Kirsten McKenzie
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Series: Critical perspectives on empire.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book charts the political exposes of an escaped convict-turned-activist and sheds new light on nineteenth-century British imperial reform.

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Alexander Loe Kaye; William Edwards
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kirsten McKenzie
ISBN: 9781107070738 1107070732 9781107686793 1107686792 9781107686793
OCLC Number: 938791024
Description: xi, 318 pages : illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: 'a soul reared in the lap of liberty'; 1. 'Plausible and audacious frauds': the theatre of imperial politics and reform; 2. 'A daemon behind the curtain': reputation, parliamentary politics and political spin; 3. Green-bag-makers and blood-hunters: information management and espionage; 4. 'In return for services rendered': liberated Africans or prize(d) slaves?; 5. 'The dishonorable Court of Gothamites': corrupting abolition; 6. 'Under the cloak of liberty': seditious libel, state security and the rights of 'free-born Englishmen'; 7. 'Unruly subjects': political removal and the problem of colonial constitutions; 8. 'A conspiracy of the darkest and foulest nature': the placard affair; 9. Bring up the body: the many escapes of 'Alexander Edwards'; Epilogue: 'an infamous end'.
Series Title: Critical perspectives on empire.
Responsibility: Kirsten McKenzie.

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