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Title:The colonial office and british expansion to the Zambezi, 1885-91
Author:Warhurst, P.R.
Periodical:Zimbabwean History
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Great Britain
Department of Colonial Affairs
Abstract:In their seminal work, 'Africa and the Victorians', R.E. Robinson and J.A. Gallagher detect a certain ambivalence in British policy towards the interior of southern Africa. They describe the 'ambivalent attitude to the Transvaal' shown by the Colonial Secretary, Knutsford, as 'typical of British policy from 1880 to 1895'. Though stressing the reluctant imperialism of the British Government, they nevertheless accept that containment of the Transvaal became the goal of the Colonial Office once the Boer republic was perceived as a threat to British hegemony. The purpose of this article is to examine attitudes and policies within the Colonial Office, relations between the Colonial and Foreign Offices, and the part played by the High Commissioners for South Africa in British expansion into the area between the Limpopo and the Zambezi. This throws some new light on Colonial Office policy and helps to elucidate the question, 'How reluctant was Britain's 'reluctant imperialism'?' - Notes.