The United States and the End of British Colonial Rule in Africa, 1941-1968

The United States and the End of British Colonial Rule in Africa, 1941-1968

by James P. Hubbard
     
 

At the end of World War II, Britain possessed a vast African empire encompassing nearly 2.7 million square miles, about 10 times larger than Britain itself. But by 1965, only three small African territories remained under British control, all of which would become independent before the end of 1968. This book examines the swift demise of Britain's African empire,

Overview

At the end of World War II, Britain possessed a vast African empire encompassing nearly 2.7 million square miles, about 10 times larger than Britain itself. But by 1965, only three small African territories remained under British control, all of which would become independent before the end of 1968. This book examines the swift demise of Britain's African empire, looking particularly at the role played by the United States in bringing the empire to an end. It reveals how the United States was anti-colonial without being actively pro-independence, concluding that the country's policies and actions, combined with its postwar dominance, directly and indirectly contributed to the political, economic, and social transformation of Africa.

Editorial Reviews

H-Diplo Roundtable Review
Hubbard's detailed narrative provides a rich account of the ins and outs of British and American policymaking in the face of African nationalist agitation. The book serves as an excellent reference
Oxford Journals Clippings Diplomatic History
"engagingly written"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786459520
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/08/2010
Pages:
421
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

James P. Hubbard is retired and lives in Reston, Virginia. He has written about education in colonial Nigeria.

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