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Winding up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands

Author: W David McIntyre
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014. ©2014
Series: Oxford history of the British Empire companion series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Winding Up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands is the first detailed account, based on recently-opened archives, of when, how, and why the British Government changed its mind about giving independence to the Pacific Islands. As Britain began to dissolve the Empire in Asia in the aftermath of the Second World War, it announced that there were some countries that were so small, remote, and lacking in resources  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pasifika
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: W David McIntyre
ISBN: 9780198794677 0198794673
OCLC Number: 877841352
Notes: New Zealand author.
Description: xvi, 278 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Contents: 'Imperialism, as such, is a newly coined word': Empire and Oceania --
'The task of "Empire un-building" is a difficult one': decolonization --
'Britain's withdrawal east of Suez is also a withdrawal west of Panama': the end in the Pacific: when, why, and how? --
'A dramatic and liberal gesture': Attlee's secret Smaller Territories Enquiry, 1949-51 --
'Limbo', 'mezzanine status', and 'independence minus': self-government within the Commonwealth --
'Something of a profit and loss account': Macmillan's Audit of Empire and aftermath, 1957-60 --
'The Cold War Front is advancing upon Oceania': pressures from the United Nations, 1960-61 --
'To complete the process of decolonization as soon as possible': Whitehall's response to the UN Declaration, 1962-64 --
'Coming to the most difficult period of decolonization': The Lady Margaret Hall Conference, 1965 --
'A line would have to be drawn somewhere': Oceania and the paradox of the expanding United Nations, 1965-68 --
'The British Empire is past history': retreat from 'never' land begins: Tonga and Fiji, 1970 --
'Independence and self-government have the same value': self-determination for Niue, 1970-74 --
'It is more blessed to go than be pushed': the 1973 Programme Analysis and Review --
'To encourage Australia and New Zealand to take a larger share': The Anzac role in decolonization --
'Liquidating colonial arrangements with as much speed as could be decently mustered': accelerated decolonization: Solomon Islands --
'We cannot now apply the brakes': accelerated decolonization: the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, 1975-78 --
'The most difficult pre-independence conference we have had for a Pacific territory': accelerated decolonization: Kiribati and Banaba, 1968-79 --
'The dying art of decolonization is difficult to pursue in a condominium': accelerated decolonization: New Hebrides.
Series Title: Oxford history of the British Empire companion series.
Responsibility: W. David McIntyre.
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