The Conservative Party and Empire, 1945–1951


in Party Politics and Decolonization

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

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

The Conservative Party and Empire, 1945–1951

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Conservative loyalties centred upon three British empires: the empire of prestige, the empire of ‘kith and kin’, and the economic empire of tariff barriers and the sterling area. As this chapter demonstrates, despite the loss of India and the advent of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the Conservative party was slow to disengage itself from this tripartite conception of empire. This chapter also discusses post-war readjustments, the empire and the Cold War, ‘The Three Unities’, reactions to the Conservative victory of 1951, and the Conservative Imperial Policy in 1951.

Keywords: Conservative Party; prestige; kith and kin; tariff barriers; General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade; Cold War; The Three Unities; Conservative victory; Conservative Imperial Policy

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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