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Description - Industrialisation and the British Colonial State by J.Butler Lawrence

This book is the first full-length historical study of the attitudes of the British Colonial Office towards industrialisation in the colonial Empire. Dr Butler challenges the prevailing assumption that London and the Colonial governments colluded to frustrate industrial initiatives, leaving a legacy of under development. Taking colonial policy towards West Africa as a case study, he shows that, during the 1940s, the Office evolved a policy of encouraging colonial industry as part of a broad programme of development intended to prepare colonies for eventual independence. He also examines problems faced by the Colonial Office in implementing its new industrial policy, particularly the difficulties arising from wartime and post-war constraints on Britain's ability to supply capital goods and other exports necessary for development.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714647036
ISBN-10: 0714647039
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Pages: 324
Imprint: Frank Cass Publishers
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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