State of Emergency: Crisis in Central Africa, Nyasaland, 1956-1960

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Covering a vital period in the history of Central Africa, this work examines the growth of nationalist violence in Nyasaland, the declaration of the State of Emergency and the repercussions of the Devlin Commission at home and abroad.

Based on correspondence and interviews with surviving officials, the author details the events of 1959 that hastened moves to independence across the whole continent. The book examines the bitter power struggles in the British House of Commons and ...

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Overview

Covering a vital period in the history of Central Africa, this work examines the growth of nationalist violence in Nyasaland, the declaration of the State of Emergency and the repercussions of the Devlin Commission at home and abroad.

Based on correspondence and interviews with surviving officials, the author details the events of 1959 that hastened moves to independence across the whole continent. The book examines the bitter power struggles in the British House of Commons and House of Lords, the deep splits in the ruling Conservative party and the heated rows between the Prime Minister and the governor of Nyasaland.

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An historical examination of the Nyasaland emergency in 1959 and 1960 surveying the British and Nyasaland governments' policy changes and their effects in Central Africa as a whole. The study shifts between events in Whitehall, Westminster, Nyasaland, and Southern Rhodesia, emphasizing the figures of Hastings Kamuzu Banda and Robert Armitage whose efforts to respectively secure self-government and practically handle the emergency resulted in a crisis which ultimately paved the way for Nyasaland independence. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Plates
Introduction
Map 1. Nyasaland in Central Africa
Map 2. Nyasaland
1 The seeds of crisis 1
2 The crisis gathers 5
3 The crisis breaks 40
4 The Devlin Inquiry 75
5 The Devlin Report 134
6 The wind of change 179
7 Resolving the crisis 203
Notes 249
Sources 288
Index 294
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