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An 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521866491
ISBN-10: 0521866499
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 32mm)
Pages: 484
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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).

Books By Author Ronald Hyam

Understanding the British Empire by Ronald Hyam

Understanding the British Empire

Paperback, May 2010
Lion and the Springbok by Ronald Hyam

The Lion and the Springbok

Paperback, September 2007
Britain's Declining Empire by Ronald Hyam

Britain's Declining Empire

Paperback, February 2007
Britain's Imperial Century, 1815-1914 by Ronald Hyam

Britain's Imperial Century, 1815-1914

Paperback, September 2002