Party Politics and Decolonization: The Conservative Party and British Colonial Policy in Tropical…

Hardcover | February 1, 1992

byPhilip Murphy

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This book explores the relationship between Conservative Party politics and British colonial policy in tropical Africa during the unbroken period of Conservative government from 1951 to 1964. Based particularly on recently released documentary evidence, much of it never before published,Philip Murphy's study traces the development of Conservative attitudes towards Britain's role as a colonial power and describes reactions within the party to the rapid British withdrawal from Africa following the 1959 General Election.Making a clear distinction between the Conservative Party and the machinery of government over which conservative ministers presided, Dr Murphy examines how the party itself exercised a direct influence over the struggle for power between competing interest groups within the African colonies. Heassesses the links between the conservatives and the so-called 'multi-racial' parties intended by Britain to play an important feature in political development in Africa and the ties between Conservative politicians and British businessmen active in the continent. Dr Murphy's analysis makes animportant contribution to the debate on the process of decolonization, highlighting the variety of ways in which metropolitan party politics could influence the transfer of power.

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This book explores the relationship between Conservative Party politics and British colonial policy in tropical Africa during the unbroken period of Conservative government from 1951 to 1964. Based particularly on recently released documentary evidence, much of it never before published,Philip Murphy's study traces the development of ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:February 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`valuable monograph ... Some of the most interesting work in this monograph comes out of Murphy's assured consideration of the treatment of colonial issues within the Conservative Party ... This is a tightly-focused and tightly-argued study, based upon solid research and directed by an acutelycritical eye. The nuances of its arguments are complemented by a limpidity of prose rare in books which began as doctoral dissertations. With as fine a monograph as this, one is always left wanting more.'Stephen Brooke, Dalhousie University, Parliamentary History, Vol. 16, pt 2 (1997)