Britain's Declining Empire
The Road to Decolonisation, 1918-1968
By (author) Ronald Hyam
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Britain's Declining Empire by Ronald Hyam
Book DescriptionAn authoritative political history of one of the world's most important empires on the road to decolonisation. Ronald Hyam's 2007 book offers a major reassessment of the end of empire which combines a study of British policymaking with case studies on the experience of decolonization across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. He describes the dysfunctional policies of an imperial system coping with postwar, interwar and wartime crises from 1918 to 1945 but the main emphasis is on the period after 1945 and the gradual unravelling of empire as a result of international criticism, and the growing imbalance between Britain's capabilities and its global commitments. He analyses the transfers of power from India in 1947 to Swaziland in 1968, the major crises such as Suez and assesses the role of leading figures from Churchill, Attlee and Eden to Macmillan and Wilson. This is essential reading for scholars and students of empire and decolonisation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521685559
(228mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ronald Hyam
Understanding the British Empire, Paperback (May 2010)
A study of key themes in the history of the British Empire by one of the senior figures in the field.
Lion and the Springbok, Paperback (September 2007)
This book traces British and South African relations from the Boer War to the present.
Britain's Declining Empire, Hardback (February 2007)
A major reassessment of the end of the British empire, focusing on the period after 1945, first published in 2007.
Britain's Imperial Century, 1815-1914, Paperback (September 2002)» View all books by Ronald Hyam
This look at British activity in the 19th century analyses: the high political concerns of strategy and international geopolitics, economic dimension, missionary activity, racial attitudes, and a wide range of cultural aspects, including sport and the pursuit of sexual opportunity.
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Author Biography - Ronald Hyam
Ronald Hyam is Emeritus Reader in British Imperial History at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow and former president of Magdalene College. He is the author of The Lion and the Springbok: Britain and South Africa since the Boer War (2003).
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