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Colonial America and the Earl of Halifax, 1748–1761$
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Andrew D. M. Beaumont

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723974

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723974.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Colonial America and the Earl of Halifax, 1748–1761
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Andrew D. M. Beaumont

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723974.003.0001

This chapter introduces the central themes of the book. It establishes Halifax’s importance as a figure worthy of historical examination. It acknowledges the historiographical problems associated with the study of Halifax as a figure in his own right, and the difficulties in locating his career within the accepted historical narrative. It identifies the 1754 Albany Congress as the high-water mark of Halifax’s career in colonial administration. It underscores the importance of the colonial governors in the development of British America, arguing for their particular historical consideration. It summarizes prior studies conducted of Halifax himself, those of colonial administration, and individually of the governors themselves.

Keywords:   Albany Congress, colonial governors, Earl of Halifax, colonial administration, imperial reform, corporate organization/strategy

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