By Nicholas White

ISBN-10: 0415734215

ISBN-13: 9780415734219

This up-to-date Seminar Study presents an summary of the method of British decolonisation. The eclipse of the British Empire has been one of many crucial good points of post-war overseas heritage. on the finish of the second one global warfare the empire nonetheless spanned the globe and but by means of the mid-1960s so much of Britain’s significant dependencies had completed independence.

Concisely and accessibly, the e-book introduces scholars to this usually dramatic tale of colonial wars and emergencies, and fraught diplomacy. even if a comparatively contemporary phenomenon, the tip of the British Empire maintains to spawn a full of life and voluminous old debate.

Dr. White offers a synthesis of modern techniques, particularly up-to-date and elevated for this version, by means of the death of British imperial energy from 3 major views the transferring emphases of British abroad coverage the increase of populist, anti-colonial nationalism the foreign political, strategic, and financial surroundings ruled via the us and the USSR.

The ebook additionally examines the British event in the context of ecu decolonisation as a complete. helping the textual content are more than a few invaluable instruments, together with maps, a chronology of independence, a consultant to the most characters concerned, and an in depth bibliography (specially increased for the hot version. Decolonisation: the British event considering 1945 is perfect for college students and readers in any respect degrees, delivering a various variety of basic assets and the instruments to unencumber them.

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A united and federal India would have been Labour’s ideal outcome of independence; British strategic requirements for access to bases, airfields and manpower would thus be secured. Hence, in 1946 a Labour Cabinet Minister, Sir Stafford Cripps, proposed a federation of the Indian provinces in which foreign affairs, defence, communications and finance would be controlled by the federal centre. The proposals soon proved unworkable prin­ cipally because the League feared that Congress sought a more centralised constitution in which the Muslim voice would be muffled.

Between 1945 and 1965 alone the population under British rule diminished over one hundred times from 700 to 5 million (Louis, 1999). In the early twenty-first century there were just 200,000 inhabitants of the British Empire, whose components had been re-styled ‘Overseas Territories’. The empire shattered into a set of new, independent nation-states, most of whom found a new relationship of legal equality with Britain within the Commonwealth. In 1973 Britain entered the European Economic Com­mun­ity (later styled European Union), signposting the end of imperial grandeur.

Metropolitan crises induced by wartime debt in the 1920s and world slump in the 1930s were exacerbated by the combined onslaught from Germany, Italy and Japan between 1939 and 1945 (Darwin, 2007). Britain in contrast to other European imperial powers, such as France, was undefeated in Europe. None the less, the economic costs of total war were apparently too great for Britain to remain a great power in the post-war world. The British war effort had been dependent on massive loans from the United States and the liquidation of overseas assets.

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