Exit and Colonial Administrations

John Darwin

in Exit Strategies and State Building

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199760114
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199949991 | DOI:
Exit and Colonial Administrations

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The problem of exit by an external power (or powers) after a period of sustained intervention in the political life of another state is not a new one. It was the dilemma faced by the colonial powers in the era of decolonization after 1945, sometimes in cases where (as with the British in Egypt) the scale of that intervention had never been formally acknowledged. This chapter suggests that many of the key aspects of preparing for the exit (not least its hurried and improvised manner) and attempting to ensure subsequent political stability (or “peace consolidation”) can be seen at work in the last and sometimes chaotic phase of imperial authority.

Keywords: decolonization; end of empire; colonial exit; postcolonial consolidation

Chapter.  8056 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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