The Wind of Change: Harold Macmillan and British Decolonization

Hardcover | June 27, 2013

EditorLarry Butler, Sarah Stockwell

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Harold Macmillan's 'Wind of Change' speech, delivered to the South African parliament in Cape Town at the end of a landmark six-week African tour, presaged the end of the British Empire in Africa. This book, the first to focus on Macmillan's 'Wind of Change', comprises a series of essays by leading historians in the field. Contributors reconsider the significance of the speech within the politics of different overseas and British constituencies, including in the wider British World. Some contributors engage directly with the speech itself – its metropolitan political context, production, delivery and reception. Others consider related themes in the historiography of the end of empire. Together they challenge established orthodoxies and offer fresh perspectives that require us to revisit our understanding of the place of the speech, and the policies to which it referred, in the wider history of British decolonization.

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Harold Macmillan's 'Wind of Change' speech, delivered to the South African parliament in Cape Town at the end of a landmark six-week African tour, presaged the end of the British Empire in Africa. This book, the first to focus on Macmillan's 'Wind of Change', comprises a series of essays by leading historians in the field. Contributors...

Larry Butler is Reader in Imperial History at the School of History, University of East Anglia, UK. His publications include Industrialisation and the British Colonial State: West Africa 1939-1951 (1997), Britain and Empire: Adjusting to a Post-Imperial World (2001) and Copper Empire: Mining and the Colonial State in Northern Rhodesia...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:June 27, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023036103X

ISBN - 13:9780230361034

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; Sarah Stockwell & L. J. Butler
1. Macmillan, Verwoerd, and the 1960 'Wind of Change' Speech; Saul Dubow 
2. Whirlwind, Hurricane, Howling Tempest: the Wind of Change and the British World; Stuart Ward
3. 'White Man in a Wood Pile': Race and the limits of Macmillan's great 'Wind of Change' in Africa; J.E. Lewis
4. The Wind of Change as Generational Drama; Simon Ball
5. Four Straws in the Wind: Metropolitan Anti-Imperialism, January-February 1960; Nicholas Owen
6. 'Words of Change: the rhetoric of Commonwealth, Common Market, and Cold War, 1961-3'; Richard Toye
7. A path not taken? British perspectives on French colonial violence after 1945; Martin Thomas
8. The Winds of Change and the Tides of History: de Gaulle, Macmillan and the Beginnings of the French decolonising Endgame; Martin Shipway
9. The US and Decolonisation in Central Africa: 1957-1964; John Kent
10. Resistance to 'Winds of Change': The emergence of the 'unholy alliance' between Southern Rhodesia, Portugal and South Africa 1964-1965; Sue Onslow
11. The wind that failed to blow: British policy and the end of empire in the Gulf; Simon C. Smith
12. Crosswinds and Countercurrents: Macmillan's Africa in the 'long view' of decolonisation; Stephen Howe

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"The essays contained within The Wind of Change provide an unparalleled exploration of Harold Macmillan's famous speech and its effects on the wider British world, from South Africa and Northern Rhodesia through Central Africa and the United States, to the United Kingdom itself. Written with clarity and elucidation throughout, this powerful work will take its essential place on the bookshelves of all historians of Britain in the twentieth century, decolonization, and the post-colonial legacy." – Ben Grob-Fitzgibbon, Cleveland C. Burton Professor of International Programs, University of Arkansas, USA