IN the sixty years after the Congress of Vienna the area of the globe under British sovereign control expanded considerably. Gallagher and Robinson imply that these extensions of formal control were always undertaken, deliberately and for economic motives, when informal means of influence proved inappropriate. For his part, Platt denies that the movement of the imperial frontier was inspired by metropolitan ambition, preferring to argue that expansion was primarily undertaken for local reasons which might have an economic component. As might be expected, the picture which emerges from a close study of frontier expansion is rather more complicated than either party allows.
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