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Party Politics and Decolonization

Philip Murphy

Published in print February 1995 | ISBN: 9780198205050
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676475 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205050.001.0001

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Party Politics and Decolonization

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This book 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 particularly on recently released documentary evidence, much of it never before published, this book 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. Making a clear distinction between the Conservative Party and the machinery of government over which conservative ministers presided, this book examines how the party itself exercised a direct influence over the struggle for power between competing interest groups within the African colonies. It assesses the links between the Conservatives and the so-called ‘multi-racial’ parties, intended by Britain to play an important role in political development in Africa, and looks at ties between Conservative politicians and British businessmen active in the continent. This book's analysis makes a contribution to the debate on the process of decolonization, highlighting the variety of ways in which metropolitan party politics could influence the transfer of power.

Keywords: Conservative Party; colonial policy; Africa; colonial power; interest groups; businessmen; decolonization

Book.  272 pages. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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The Conservative Party and Empire, 1945–1951 in Party Politics and Decolonization

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The Conservative Party and Settler Pressure in Party Politics and Decolonization

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The Conservative Party and Business Interests in Party Politics and Decolonization

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Central Office Involvement in Colonial Policy in Party Politics and Decolonization

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Conservative Factions, Tendencies, and Ideology in Party Politics and Decolonization

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