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Britain's Declining Empire The Road to Decolonisation, 1918-1968

ISBN-10: 0521685559
ISBN-13: 9780521685559
Edition: 2007
Authors: Ronald Hyam
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List price: $45.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 484
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

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 policymaking with case studies on the experience of decolonization across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. He describes the dysfunctional policies of an imperial system coping with postwar, interwar and wartime crises from 1918 to 1945 but the main emphasis is on the period after 1945 and the gradual unravelling of empire as a result of international criticism, and the growing imbalance between Britain's capabilities and its global commitments. He analyses the transfers of power from India in 1947 to Swaziland in 1968, the major crises such as Suez and assesses the role of leading figures from Churchill, Attlee and Eden to Macmillan and Wilson. This is essential reading for scholars and students of empire and decolonisation.

Ronald Hyam is Emeritus Reader in British Imperial History at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow and former President of Magdalene College. He is the author of several books on the British Empire, including most recently Britain's Declining Empire: The Road to Decolonisation 1918 1968 and, with Peter Henshaw, The Lion and the Springbok: Britain and South Africa since the Boer War (2003).

Frontispiece
List of illustrations
Maps
Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction
The essence of the empire
The futility and the irony
'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
'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
'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
'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
'We could no longer afford to honour our pledges': the Wilson government and the end of empire, 1964-1968
Mentalities and priorities
Generalities
Particularities
Epilogue
Appendix
Select bibliography
Index

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