Of Cargoes, Colonies and Kings: Diplomatic and Administrative Service from Africa to the Pacific

Overview

Of Cargoes, Colonies and Kings gives an offbeat account of Andrew Stuart's wide-ranging experiences. Never a stereotypical colonialist, as the son of a missionary, he knew the people, the politicians and the kings of Uganda from his childhood and worked with them until 1965, four years after independence, when he joined the British Diplomatic Service.

As a diplomat, before ending up as British Ambassador to Finland, he was soon drawn back into the closing stages of the British ...

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Overview

Of Cargoes, Colonies and Kings gives an offbeat account of Andrew Stuart's wide-ranging experiences. Never a stereotypical colonialist, as the son of a missionary, he knew the people, the politicians and the kings of Uganda from his childhood and worked with them until 1965, four years after independence, when he joined the British Diplomatic Service.

As a diplomat, before ending up as British Ambassador to Finland, he was soon drawn back into the closing stages of the British Empire. The end of empire in British and French territories from Africa to the Pacific, the rise of China to near superpower status and the opening of political fissures on the Indian subcontinent — all are themes of global and enduring importance. Andrew Stuart's eventful career as a colonial administrator and diplomat took place against this international backdrop.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850439783
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

After taking early retirement from the Foreign Office, Andrew Stuart was appointed Principal of the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales. He is now a company chairman and lives in Dorset.

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Table of Contents

* Foreword by General Charles Guthrie, former Chief of the British Defence Staff and now Baron Guthrie of Craigiebank
• Dedication
• Disclaimer
• Prelude: The Prophet on the Rock
• The Naïve and Sentimental Colonialist
• Settlers in the Glue Pot
• The Lords of Africa
• ‘King Freddie’
• District Officer
• Safari
• Fish and Chips
• New Flags for Old
• Amin and After
• Diplomat: A Minnow in the Whitehall Pond
• Hong Kong: The Fragrant Harbour
• Seychelles: The Island of Indecent Coconuts
• Diego Garcia: A Bet on a Bikini
• New Hebrides: Condominium in the South Pacific
• Resident Commissioner
• The Land of the Holy Spirit
• Rebellions and Taboos
• John Frum’s Cargoes
• Prince Philip’s Paradis
• ‘The Pandemonium’
• Soldier, Soldier
• The ‘Coconut War’
• The End of Empier
• Envoi: Brought to Justice

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