Introduction British Decolonization in Context, 1951–1964


in Party Politics and Decolonization

Published in print February 1995 | ISBN: 9780198205050
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676475 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Introduction British Decolonization in Context, 1951–1964

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The most orthodox and self-serving of myths surrounding the decolonization of the British Empire was that this was the natural culmination of a political mission to prepare colonial peoples for democratic self-government. The acceleration of the decolonization process brought a decisive change in the character of the Commonwealth. The influence of Britain and the old white settler dominions was diluted by the influx of newly independent nations, determined to use the Commonwealth to advance their own interests.

Keywords: decolonization; British Empire; Britain; Commonwealth

Chapter.  5122 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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