Dependent Empire, 1900-1948

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The penultimate volume in this documentary series covers the first part of the 20th century processes of decolonization within the British Empire, concluding with the independence of Ceylon, the first of the non-European-settled colonies. It also illustrates constitutional developments in the West Indies (particularly Jamaica, Trinidad, and British Guiana), Mauritius and Seychelles, Hong Kong, Fiji, the Western Pacific, Gibraltar, the Falklands, and West, East, and Central-Southern Africa, as well as advance and ...

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Overview

The penultimate volume in this documentary series covers the first part of the 20th century processes of decolonization within the British Empire, concluding with the independence of Ceylon, the first of the non-European-settled colonies. It also illustrates constitutional developments in the West Indies (particularly Jamaica, Trinidad, and British Guiana), Mauritius and Seychelles, Hong Kong, Fiji, the Western Pacific, Gibraltar, the Falklands, and West, East, and Central-Southern Africa, as well as advance and retreat in Malta and Cyprus. There is a section on Egypt and on the mandates of Palestine, Transjordania, and Mesopotamia.

An introductory section demonstrates the changes both in attitudes to and the dimensions of colonial rule during the period from the deep freeze of trusteeship to partnership. The concluding date saw, in addition to Ceylon's full membership in the Commonwealth, the speedy replacement of an abortive union of Malaya by a federation, a failed initiative in Cyprus, and what proved to be abortive reform in Hong Kong and Fiji, treaty revision in Egypt, a policy change in the Sudan, the surrender of the Palestine mandate, and the establishment of Israel. By 1948, though doubts remained about a closer association of the colonies, protectorates, and mandates in West, East, and Central Africa, there was optimism about a possible federation of the Caribbean.

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The penultimate volume of this documentary series covers the first part of the 20th century decolonization of the British Empire, concluding with Ceylon's independence. It illustrates constitutional developments in the West Indies, Mauritius and Saychelles, Hong Kong, Fiji, the Western Pacific, Gibraltar, the Falklands, and Africa, and both advance and retreat in Malta and Cyprus. It covers Egypt and the mandates of Palestine, Transjordania, and Mesopotamia. The introduction shows the changes in attitudes to and contents of colonial rule during the period. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

FREDERICK MADDEN has retired as Professorial Fellow and Reader in Commonwealth Government at Nuffield College.

JOHN DARWIN is Beit Lecturer in the History of the British Commonwealth and a Faculty Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Bibliographical Note

Abbreviations

Secretaries of State

Colonial Rule: Adjustments in Attitudes and Dimensions

Constitutional Reforms in the Colonies and Dependencies

The British West Indies

British Honduras

Ceylon

Malta

Mauritius and Seychelles

Hong Kong

Straits Settlements and Malaya

Fiji

Western Pacific

Cyprus

Middle East

Gibraltar

The Falkland Islands

West Africa

East Africa

Central and Southern Africa

Index

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