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Author Lange, Matthew.
Title Lineages of despotism and development : British colonialism and state power / Matthew Lange.
Imprint Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Author Lange, Matthew.
Subject Imperialism -- Economic aspects -- Colonies -- Great Britain.
Despotism -- Economic aspects -- Africa.
Economic development -- Political aspects -- Africa.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- Africa -- Administration -- Case studies.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- Africa -- Economic conditions -- Case studies.
Mauritius -- Economic conditions.
Sierra Leone -- Economic conditions.
Guyana -- Economic conditions.
Botswana -- Economic conditions.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Case studies.
Case studies.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 252 pages) : illustrations
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-246) and index.
Contents 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.
Summary 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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780226470702 (electronic bk.)
0226470709 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 437048861
Additional Format Print version: Lange, Matthew. Lineages of despotism and development. Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2009 9780226470689 0226470687 (DLC) 2008042034 (OCoLC)262429570