Britain, France and the Decolonization of Africa

Future Imperfect?

Author: Andrew W.M. Smith,Chris Jeppesen

Publisher: UCL Press

ISBN: 1911307738

Category: History

Page: 254

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Looking at decolonization in the conditional tense, this volume teases out the complex and uncertain ends of British and French empire in Africa during the period of ‘late colonial shift’ after 1945. Rather than view decolonization as an inevitable process, the contributors together explore the crucial historical moments in which change was negotiated, compromises were made, and debates were staged. Three core themes guide the analysis: development, contingency and entanglement. The chapters consider the ways in which decolonization was governed and moderated by concerns about development and profit. A complementary focus on contingency allows deeper consideration of how colonial powers planned for ‘colonial futures’, and how divergent voices greeted the end of empire. Thinking about entanglements likewise stresses both the connections that existed between the British and French empires in Africa, and those that endured beyond the formal transfer of power. Praise for Britain, France and the Decolonization of Africa '…this ambitious volume represents a significant step forward for the field. As is often the case with rich and stimulating work, the volume gestures towards more themes than I have space to properly address in this review. These include shifting terrains of temporality, spatial Scales, and state sovereignty, which together raise important questions about the relationship between decolonization and globalization. By bringing all of these crucial issues into the same frame,Britain, France and the Decolonization of Africa is sure to inspire new thought-provoking research.' - H-France vol. 17, issue 205

Decolonization in Britain and France

The Domestic Consequences of International Relations

Author: Miles Kahler

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400855586

Category: History

Page: 442

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Professor Kahler focuses on organizations below the state, investigating party competition and sensitivity to political change produced by the characteristics of commercial firms. In addition, he explores transmission of external shocks to the domestic polity by the state itself and the domestic politics of settler societies under external threat Originally published in 1984. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Ends of British Imperialism

The Scramble for Empire, Suez, and Decolonization

Author: William Roger Louis

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781845113476

Category: History

Page: 1065

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Tells the story of the British Empire from its late-nineteenth century flowering. This book traces the British Empire from the scramble for Africa through the Mandates system of 'sacred trust', the turbulent imperial history of the Second World War in Asia and finally to the the unstoppable mid-20th century rush to independence.

European Decolonization

Author: Martin Thomas

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780754625681

Category: History

Page: 547

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This collection brings together twenty-one key articles that explore the nature and impact of colonial withdrawal. Ranging across all the European colonial powers, the articles discuss various aspects of decolonization, including the role of political violence, changing popular attitudes to empire and the inter-actions between colonial conflict and Cold War.

Scars of Partition

Postcolonial Legacies in French and British Borderlands

Author: William F. S. Miles

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 080326772X

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

View: 9524

Based on three decades of fieldwork throughout the developing world, Scars of Partition is the first book to systematically evaluate the long-term implications of French and British styles of colonialism and decolonization for ordinary people throughout the so-called Third World. It pays particular attention to the contemporary legacies of artificial boundaries superimposed by Britain and France that continue to divide indigenous peoples into separate postcolonial states. In so doing, it uniquely illustrates how the distinctive stamps of France and Britain continue to mark daily life along and behind these inherited borders in Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Caribbean. Scars of Partition draws on political science, anthropology, history, and geography to examine six cases of indigenous, indentured, and enslaved peoples partitioned by colonialism in West Africa, West Indies, South Pacific, Southeast Asia, South India, and the Indian Ocean. William F. S. Miles demonstrates that sovereign nations throughout the developing world, despite basic differences in culture, geography, and politics, still bear the underlying imprint of their colonial pasts. Disentangling and appreciating these embedded colonial legacies is critical to achieving full decolonization—particularly in their borderlands.

The Decolonization Of Africa

Author: Professor David Birmingham,David Birmingham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135363676

Category: History

Page: 117

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This bold, popularizing synthesis presents a readily accessible introduction to one of the major themes of the twentieth-century world history. Between 1922, when self-government was restored to Egypt, and 1994, when non-racial democracy was achieved in South Africa, no less than 54 new nations were established in Africa. Written within the parameters of African history, as opposed to imperial history, this study charts the process of nationalism, liberation and independence that recast the political map of Africa in these years. Ranging from Algeria in the North, where a French colonial government used armed force to combat the Algerian aspirations of home rule, to the final overthrow of aparthied in the South, this is an authoritative survey that will be welcomed by all students tackling this complex and challenging topic.

Decolonization in Africa

Author: John D. Hargreaves

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317891147

Category: History

Page: 316

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John Hargreaves examines how the British, French, Belgian, Spanish and Portuguese colonies in tropical Africa became independent in the postwar years, and in doing so transformed the international landscape. African demands for independence and colonial plans for reform - central to the story - are seen here in the wider context of changing international relationships.

Black Africa, 1945-1980

Economic Decolonization and Arrested Development

Author: D. K. Fieldhouse

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415593611

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 260

View: 5515

In what ways did economic considerations affect the decision by Britain and France to make their Black African colonies independent? Why were early expectations that independence would lead to rapid and sustained economic development in Africa for the most part disappointed? This title, originally published in 1986, seeks to tackle these two important and strongly debated issues. The main aim and value of the book is to take a broad view of this huge subject, pulling together material on most parts of Black Africa south of the Sahara and north of the Limpopo so that the problem can be seen as a whole. It takes account of a wide range of possible and actual factors which have influenced African economic development, weaving them into a single analysis, including the colonial inheritance, the impact of the fluctuating international economy, policies adopted by African governments and indigenous factors such as climate, drought and human resources. The book is written to be understood without difficulty by non-specialists and is intended to act as an introduction to its subject for university students.

The French North African Crisis

Colonial Breakdown and Anglo-French Relations, 1945–62

Author: M. Thomas

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230287425

Category: History

Page: 287

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The French North African Crisis analyses the postwar breakdown in French imperial rule in North West Africa, concentrating primarily upon the Algerian war of independence. The book highlights the human tragedy involved and the divisive consequences within French metropolitan politics of intractable colonial conflict. It further examines how far the protracted crisis of colonial control in North Africa shaped French foreign and security policy and this impacted upon Anglo-French relations, the western alliance and the wider process of decolonization.

The Wind of Change

Harold Macmillan and British Decolonization

Author: L. Butler,S. Stockwell

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137318007

Category: History

Page: 281

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Harold Macmillan's 'Wind of Change' speech, delivered to the South African parliament in Cape Town at the end of a landmark six-week African tour, presaged the end of the British Empire in Africa. This book, the first to focus on Macmillan's 'Wind of Change', comprises a series of essays by leading historians in the field.

Justifying War

Propaganda, Politics and the Modern Age

Author: D. Welch,J. Fox

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230393292

Category: Political Science

Page: 397

View: 747

A new assessment of the debates about Just War in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from the imperial wars of the nineteenth century through the age of total war, the evolution of human rights discourse and international law, to proportionality during the Cold War and the redefinition of authority with the ascendancy of terror groups.

Weder arm noch ohnmächtig

Eine Streitschrift gegen schwarze Eliten und weisse Helfer

Author: Axelle Kabou

Publisher: Lenos Verlag

ISBN: 3857879211

Category: Political Science

Page: 260

View: 3506

In ihrer provozierenden Analyse rechnet die Kamerunerin Axelle Kabou mit den afrikanischen Eliten ab - und mit einer Haltung, die mehr als vierzig Jahre nach der Unabhängigkeit immer noch alle Schuld am Elend Afrikas der Sklaverei und dem Kolonialismus zuweist. Ihre brisante Hauptthese: "Afrika will sich nicht entwickeln." Mit Blick auf Asien, das es geschafft habe, aus der Abhängigkeit vom Westen herauszukommen, meint die Autorin, es sei höchste Zeit, dass Afrika sich für seine Geschichte selbst verantwortlich fühle und sein Schicksal in die eigenen Hände nehme. Afrika sei nämlich "weder arm noch ohnmächtig".


Perspectives from Now and Then

Author: Prasenjit Duara

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415248402

Category: History

Page: 312

View: 6956

'Decolonization' collects challenging perspectives on the process of decolonization in the 20th century, including writings by Ho Chi-Minh & Nehru. This is a move away from Western analysis of the phenomenon, towards the angle of vision of the former colonies.