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The Seminar Studies in History series is a study tool which bridges the gap between textbook and specialist survey. This series of short paperback books provide readers with a comprehensive range of material covering British, European and Russian history, from the Medieval period through to the 20th century.
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White examines British decolonization since 1945 and explores, among other topics, India, the movement of Britain toward the EEC, her special relationship with the USA, changing colonial societies and populists nationalism, as well as the changes decolonization brought about in international relations, including a specific chapter devoted to the Suez crisis of 1956.
Outlining key debates on British decolonization, this text provides syntheses of historical debates on the demise of British imperial power. Included is a brief description of the British Empire up to 1945, and a chapter focusing on the Suez Crisis.
Concise and accessible, this guide provides an overview of the process of British decolonisation. Dr White syntheses recent historical debate by looking at the demise of British imperial power from three main perspectives: the shifting emphases of British imperial policy; the rise of populist, colonial nationalism, and the international political, strategic, and economic environment dominated by the USA and the USSR. The book also positions the British experience within the context of European decolonisation and contains many documents which have only recently become available. Introducing the reader to the key debates it the ideal introductory text on the subject.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -147) and index.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
1. The Setting and the Problem
PART TWO: IMPERIAL POLICY AND DECOLONISATION
2. Labour's New Empire 1945-1951
3. Shifting Perspectives? The 1950s and the 1960s
PART THREE: NATIONALISM AND DECOLONISATION
4. Changing Colonial Societies
PART FOUR: INTERNATIONALISATION AND DECOLONISATION
5. The British Empire in the New World Order
6. Suez 1956: Did it Matter?
PART FIVE: ASSESSMENT
7. British Decolonisation in Comparative Perspective
PART SIX: DOCUMENTS