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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

From 'The Expansion of England' by J. R. Seeley, 1883 -
You see, the [Indian] mutiny was in a great measure put down by turning the races of India against each other. So long as this can be done, and so long as the population have not formed the habit of criticising their Government whatever it be and of rebelling against it, the government of India from England is possible, and there is nothing miraculous about it. But .... if this state of things should alter, if by any process the population should be welded into a single nationality, .... then I do not say we ought to begin to fear for our dominion, I say we ought to cease at once to hope for it. ....
.... the moment a mutiny is but threatened, which shall be no mere mutiny, but the expression of a universal feeling of nationality, at that moment all hope is at an end, as all desire ought to be at an end, of preserving our Empire. For we are not really conquerors of India, and we cannot rule her as conquerors; if we undertook to do so, it is not necessary to inquire whether we could succeed, for we should assuredly be ruined financially by the mere attempt.

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