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Britain's declining empire : the road to decolonisation, 1918-1968

Author: Ronald Hyam
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"[This book] is an authoritative political history of one of the world's most important empires on the road to decolonisation. Ronald Hyam offers a major reassessment of the end of empire which combines a study of British policy-making with case studies on the experience of decolonisation across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. He describes the often dysfunctional policies of an imperial system coping with postwar,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Hyam
ISBN: 9780521866491 0521866499 9780521685559 0521685559
OCLC Number: 71808156
Description: xvii, 464 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The essence of the empire --
The futility and the irony --
1. 'The whole world is rocking': British governments and a dysfunctional imperial system, 1918-1945 --
Racism --
Zionism --
Nationalism --
Idealism: the British commonwealth --
Geopolitics --
New directions - and war --
2. 'British imperialism is dead': the Attlee government and the end of empire, 1945-1951 --
Who was in charge? --
The transfer of power in Asia: India, Burma, and Ceylon --
Palestine --
Economic problems and geopolitical imperatives --
The new African policy --
The Gold Coast --
Cyprus and 'Enosis' --
The Islamic world --
Labour's legacy --
3. 'Rugged and tangled difficulties': the Churchill and Eden governments and the end of empire, 1951-1956 --
Personalities and other constraints --
The African colonies --
Other territories --
Commonwealth issues --
Egypt: decline and fall --
4. 'The wind of change is blowing': the Macmillan and Douglas-Home governments and the end of empire, 1957-1964 --
Policy-making: ministers, officials and governors --
Planning: surveys and statements --
Political developments --
Problems: the international context --
5. 'We could no longer afford to honour our pledges': the Wilson government and the end of empire, 1964-1968 --
Mentalities and priorities --
Generalities --
Particularities.
Responsibility: Ronald Hyam.
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A major reassessment of the end of the British empire, focusing on the period after 1945, first published in 2007.  Read more...

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