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Arndt Brendecke

), gained through education, virtues and the holding of office, should be preferred above that of noble blood. Castillo de Bobadilla: Política, p. 31. This was not only an allusion to the popular idea, prevalent in the Siglo de Oro, of a nobleza de letras. Pelorson: Les ›letrados‹, pp. 141–143. Of greater interest is the fact that such a ›special nature‹ of an office holder was supposed to develop over the course of a lifetime. Yet, this nature could take shape only when different elements interacted. Thus, the good corregidor should first have personal aptitudes such

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Valentin Seidler

filled from starting date of 1 June 1945, Reference: CO 1017/268, internal document released in 1984, London 1953–1955. Particularly demobilized soldiers joined the colonial service. Nearly all new recruits of 1945 and 1946 had served with the armed forces. Lee, Colonial Government and Good Government, p. 36. After 1951 the recruitment figures stabilized at a high level. In total the size of the higher colonial service almost doubled in less than ten years (see Figure 1 ). With independence still far away, all new recruits were offered a lifetime employment in the