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Winding up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands$
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W. David McIntyre

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198702436

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702436.001.0001

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‘Imperialism, as such, is a Newly Coined Word’

‘Imperialism, as such, is a Newly Coined Word’

Empire and Oceania

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(p.7) 1 ‘Imperialism, as such, is a Newly Coined Word’
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Winding up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands
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W. David McIntyre

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702436.003.0002

A survey of British expansion into the Pacific that emphasizes the role of imperialist pressures from the Australian colonies and New Zealand in persuading successive British governments into controlling the largest groups of islands. Missionaries and traders led the way. Efforts to regulate labour recruiting in the islands led to the creation of the Western Pacific High Commission. Attempts to forestall German expansion into the islands led to a partial partition of the ocean. The discovery of valuable phosphate deposits at Nauru and Banaba widened the area of interest. The origin of the concept of imperialism, various theories about this, and a list of the historical characteristics associated with this trend are discussed by way of explanation for the acquisition of the widely diffused Pacific island empire.

Keywords:   imperialism, expansion, partition, Australia, New Zealand

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