Description - Alan Lennox Boyd by Philip Murphy
Alan Lennox Boyd served as Colonial Secretary from 1954 to 1959, a decisive period in the history of British decolonization. An imposing figure both in terms of his place within Conservative Party history and his influence on imperial history, he represented a particular trend within the party, flirting with fascism and holding the Empire in high regard. He gained a reputation as an impediment to constitutional reform in the colonies, yet during his period of office he played a key role in a number of major decisions, including the decolonization of Cyprus. Tracing the development of Lennox Boyd's highly idiosyncratic brand of right-wing politics, this biography presents a portrait of a complex man and an interpretation of British colonial policy at this time. It also provides a reminder of how vital colonial issues were in British politics until as late as the 1970s.
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(234mm x 156mm x 27mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
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Book Reviews - Alan Lennox Boyd by Philip Murphy
UK Kirkus Review »
Alan Lennox-Boyd was colonial secretary from 1954 to 1959, a critical time in the history of British postwar de-colonization. A powerful figure on the imperialist right of the Conservative party, he saw British rule as a benevolent force and worked to create political arrangements, particularly in Africa, that would slow down the transition to self-government and ensure that when it came it would leave power in the hands of 'moderate' (i.e. pro-British) politicians. This approach came unstuck, however, over Kenya and the Rhodesias where Lennox-Boyd was widely regarded, both in Africa and London, as a stooge of reactionary white settler interests. In the end the forces of African nationalism were too powerful for any British government to resist and most of Britain's African colonies had secured their independence by 1964. This book, despite or perhaps because of its 'period feel', authentically evokes the atmosphere and passions of the time and is a useful contribution to the literature on the last, self-deluding, phase of British colonialism. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Philip Murphy
Philip Murphy is a lecturer in modern British history at the University of Reading.