Race, Conflict and the International Order: From Empire to by Hugh Tinker

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A different kind of scandal was exposed in South Africa, when in order to meet a labour shortage in the mines of the Rand the British government sanctioned the importation of 47,000 Chinese workers. This 'Chinese slavery' was a major issue in the British general election of 1906, and played a part in the downfall of the Conservatives. However, perhaps the reason why British working men turned against the Tories was because they supposed that the Chinese were taking away the employment of white men.

LU The political philosophy of the British Empire was to move from centralised control by London towards 'responsible government': that is self-government, later defined as 'Dominion Status'. The Dominion of Canada was launched with the federation agreement of 1867; a similar federation brought together the Australian colonies in the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901, while in 1910 the former Boer republics and British colonies in South Africa achieved full selfgovernment as the Union of South Africa.

G. Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaidzhan, Dagestan) and in Central Asia. R. the Communist Party is the only political organisation and the political elite have been totally assimilated to the Russian, Stalinist mode. Education is almost wholly through the medium of Russian, and there is a steady expansion of the Russian language at the expense of all the others: by 1970, Russian had become the language of80 per cent of the population (the 1970 Census listed ro8 ethnic groups, most with their own languages).

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