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Judith Bennett investigates the fate of Rivers's psychological explanations for depopulation against the expanding British colonial empire in the Pacific.
Crowley effectively employs a comparative perspective as he devotes substantial chapters to what he identifies as the six main regions of the British colonial empire: Canada, the Pacific, the West Indies, the United States of America, India, and Australia.
This book tells the story of the Leahy family of Tipperary and highlights the intriguing emergence of professional civil engineering in Ireland, the railway mania that gripped the country in the 1840s and the role that surveyors and engineers played in the administration of the British colonial empire across the world.
But he was the indispensable civil servant who labored largely out of public view throughout his career yet exerted considerable influence on policy formation and administration of the British colonial empire during a crucial period.
The second period, 1914-18, was marked by the First World War and its impact on the British colonial empire in general and on Malaya in particular.
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