in Party Politics and Decolonization

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

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs


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The decolonization process witnessed by Tory MPs consisted of a series of constitutional changes, each one reducing in some measure the degree of control which the colonial authorities were able to exert over the colony concerned. It was often claimed that only with a loosening of imperial control could the system of consent which underpinned the British colonial presence be maintained. The differences in responses would be all the more puzzling given that some of the settler's natural sympathizers within the Conservative party had reacted to the Federation's problems during 1959 and 1960 with questions as to its viability. This book points to some of the ways in which competing interest groups influenced these responses. The settler lobby had a particularly important effect upon opinion inside the Conservative party.

Keywords: decolonization; Tory MPs; Conservative party; settler lobby

Chapter.  5155 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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