The Forum Volume 32

The Forum Volume 32

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... view of the lover of constitutional or republican government, is the fact that so much of Africa seems likely to remain under the powerful hands of strongly intrenched empires. With the disappearance of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State, Liberia alone is left as the representative of our form of government in Africa. It is true that France owns the most territory there; but the French form of colonial administration is not home rule. There is, however, this important fact about the relations of the colonies and their home governments. The progress of liberal ideas has been such of late years that the most monarchical European powers strive to make their colonists as free as possible, so aa to retain their affection and loyalty. The American Revolution taught Europe an immemorial lesson on this subject, and the wisest statesmen of that continent are seeking to profit by it. They must do this or lose them all some day. England may conquer the Transvaal now, but fifty years hence a revolt in Cape Colony by her own sons would deprive her of every foot of territory from the Cape to Alexandria. Europe must rule Africa wisely, or some day the story of Hannibal will be revived by some white son of a new Hamilcar. Then woe betide the Romes of that day! There is another safeguard in the fact that Africa is so subject to international complications. Oppression in one colony will lead to migration to another. England cannot afford to incur the ill will of Germany when the territories of each are contiguous. It is not merely the Briton, but the white man, that is to govern Africa. The lessons that America would fain teach her mother-country may be taught her by force in Africa. The subject of the relations of the white and more

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  • Paperback | 326 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 585g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236864883
  • 9781236864888