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Party Politics and Decolonization : The Conservative Party and British Colonial Policy in Tropical Africa 1951-1964 - Philip Murphy

Party Politics and Decolonization

The Conservative Party and British Colonial Policy in Tropical Africa 1951-1964

Hardcover Published: 23rd February 1995
ISBN: 9780198205050
Number Of Pages: 272

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Party Politics and Decolonization explores the relationship between Conservative Party politics and British colonial policy in tropical Africa during the unbroken period of Conservative government from 1951 to 1964. Based on recently released documentary evidence, much of it never before published, Philip Murphy's study traces the development of Conservative attitudes towards Britain's role as a colonial power and describes reactions within the party to the rapid British withdrawal from Africa following the 1959 General Election.

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he has assiduously mined the private papers of numerous organizations and individuals involved with Africa now held at Rhodes house library ... The results are impressive in many ways and provide interesting insights on the run-down of British Power in Africa and its effects on the conservative Party at home ... Murphy is to be commended for throwing new light on this old debate. `a balanced and clear account of Government policy towards decolonization during the long period of Conservative rule that began with Churchill and ended with Macmillan ... a welcome and valuable study: Philip Murphy is to be commended for choosing such an important and inevitably complex subject, for selecting and controlling the voluminous source material now available so carefully, and for advancing our understanding of the process of decolonization.' Times Literary Supplement `a major contribution to the swelling literature on the end of Empire ... Based on wide archival research and an intimate knowledge of the minutiae of inner-party maneouvrings ... offers subtle yet important revisions to our views both of British Conservativism and British colonialism.' Stephen Howe, Ruskin College, Oxford, EHR Apr. 97 `The book is well researched and nicely documented. Its greatest appeal will be to graduate students and to specialists in the area.' P.T. Smith, Saint Joseph's University, Choice, January 1996 Vol33 No.5 `valuable monograph ... Some of the most interesting work in this monograph comes out of Murphy's assured consideration of the treatment of colonial issues within the Conservative Party ... This is a tightly-focused and tightly-argued study, based upon solid research and directed by an acutely critical eye. The nuances of its arguments are complemented by a limpidity of prose rare in books which began as doctoral dissertations. With as fine a monograph as this, one is always left wanting more.' Stephen Brooke, Dalhousie University, Parliamentary History, Vol. 16, pt 2 (1997)

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction British Decolonization in Context, 1951-1964p. 1
British Party Politics and the Policy- Making Processp. 13
The Conservative Party and Empire, 1945-1951p. 28
The Conservative Party and Settler Pressurep. 58
The Conservative Party and Business Interestsp. 88
Central Office Involvement in Colonial Policyp. 120
The Context of Conservative Discussions of Colonial Policyp. 141
Conservative Reactions to Rapid Decolonization in East and Central Africap. 169
Conservative Factions, Tendencies, and Ideologyp. 201
Conclusionp. 229
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780198205050
ISBN-10: 0198205058
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 23rd February 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 15.75  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.43

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