The Business of Decolonization: British Business Strategies in the Gold Coast

Hardcover | July 1, 2000

bySarah Stockwell

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The Business of Decolonization serves to deepen our understanding of the end of the British empire, too often approached as if it was a process shaped and experienced exclusively by nationalist and imperial politicians and policy-makers. It explores British companies' experience of, andinvolvement in, developments leading to the transfer of power in Ghana, the former colony of the Gold Coast. The book demonstrates that businessmen developed strategies to cope with political change, reveals the extent of their involvement in nationalist politics, and highlights the contrastingresponses of different companies to political and constitutional developments in the colony. Drawing on an extensive range of company, business association, personal, and official papers, the book focuses primarily on company activity. However, it also investigates relations between British firmsand the colonial state on the eve of Ghanaian independence, and examines the place of British business interests in British policy.

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The Business of Decolonization serves to deepen our understanding of the end of the British empire, too often approached as if it was a process shaped and experienced exclusively by nationalist and imperial politicians and policy-makers. It explores British companies' experience of, andinvolvement in, developments leading to the trans...

Sarah Stockwell is at King's College, London.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:July 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198208480

ISBN - 13:9780198208488

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Table of Contents

IntroductionBritish business and the Gold Coast colonial state on the eve of decolonizationNationalism and British businessStrategies for decolonization: constitutional change and the campaign for business representationStrategies for decolonization: the mercantile and the service sectorsStrategies for decolonization: the mining companiesBritish business in British strategies for decolonization in the Gold CoastConclusionBibliography

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`offers a refreshing perspective ... a rich and rewarding book, based upon a wide range of primary sources, both in Britain and Ghana. She also makes interesting comparisons with India's independence. Without doubt this is a fine scholarly assessment of a significant topic.'Robert Pearch, EHR, April 2001