By Gareth Knapman
The suggestion of "race" performed an expanding function in nineteenth-century British colonial proposal. for many of the 19th century, John Crawfurd towered over British colonial coverage in South-East Asia, being not just a colonial administrator, journalist lobbyist, but additionally one of many key racial theorists within the British Empire. He approached colonialism as an intensive liberal, presenting common vote casting for all races in British colonies and believing all races must have equivalent criminal rights. but whilst, he additionally believed that races represented unique species of individuals, who have been unrelated. This publication charts the advance of Crawfurd’s principles, from the short yet dramatic interval of British rule in Java, to his political campaigns opposed to James Brooke and British rule in Borneo. principal to Crawfurd’s political battles have been the debates he had along with his contemporaries, comparable to Stamford Raffles and William Marsden, over the significance of race and his broader problem to common principles of background, which wondered the racial solidarity of humanity. The booklet faucets into little explored manuscripts, newspapers and writings to discover the complexity of a number one nineteenth-century political and racial philosopher whose activities and ideas supply a brand new view of British liberal, colonial and racial thought.