Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-246) and index.
Introduction: British colonialism and developmental legacies -- The developmental legacies of British colonialism: a state-centered framework for analysis -- A statistical analysis of British colonial legacies -- Mauritius: direct rule and development -- Sierra Leone: indirect rule and despotism -- Guyana: a case of despotism despite direct rule -- Botswana: a case of development despite indirect rule -- Comparing British colonialism: testing the generalizability of colonial state legacies -- Conclusion and discussion.
Traditionally, social scientists have assumed that past imperialism hinders the future development prospects of colonized nations. Challenging this widespread belief, Matthew Lange argues in Lineages of Despotism and Development that countries once under direct British imperial control have developed more successfully than those that were ruled indirectly.
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