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Decolonisation and the British Empire, 1775–1997

  • Authors
  • This book considers the decolonisation of the British Empire from both historical and political perspectives
    Uses much original documentation to support its theories
    Places British decolonisation within a wider international context

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. D. George Boyce
    Pages 1-3
  3. D. George Boyce
    Pages 5-20
  4. D. George Boyce
    Pages 44-69
  5. D. George Boyce
    Pages 108-130
  6. D. George Boyce
    Pages 150-176
  7. D. George Boyce
    Pages 195-233
  8. D. George Boyce
    Pages 234-255
  9. D. George Boyce
    Pages 256-266
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 271-317

About this book


This book combines an analysis of the ideas and policies that governed the British experience of decolonization. It shows how the British, perhaps more correctly the English, political tradition, with its emphasis on experience over abstract theory, was integral to the way in which the empire was regarded as being transformed rather than lost. This was a significant aspect of the relatively painless British loss of empire. It places the process of decolonization in its wider context, tracing the twentieth-century domestic and international conditions that hastened decolonization, and, through a close analysis of not only the policy choices but also the language of British imperialism, it throws new light on the British way of managing both the expansion and contraction of empire.


British Empire colonization decolonisation decolonization history imperialism

About the authors

D. GEORGE BOYCE is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Wales, Swansea.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Decolonisation and the British Empire, 1775–1997
  • Authors George Boyce
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-62103-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-62104-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-27755-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 317
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Imperialism and Colonialism
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