The Man on the spot: Essays on British Empire History.
History and Philosophy
Focusing on the role of the individual in the periphery of the Empire, this volume illuminates John Galbraith's thesis that events on the periphery of the British Empire led the man on the spot to expand the area of British control. The man on the spot was a factor in imperial expansion as much as, or sometimes more than, imperial or company policy, which often opposed control of further territory because of the expense. The Empire continued to expand in spite of official policy because of individuals and events on the periphery. Along these lines, this contributed volume provides studies of the periphery of Empire, whether in Africa, Canada, Malaya, China, or India.
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Long, R. D. (Ed.). (1995). The Man on the spot: Essays on British Empire History. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.