Whitehall and the Black Republic

A Study of Colonial Britain's Attitude Towards Liberia, 1914–1939

  • Jyotirmoy Pal Chaudhuri

Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Jyotirmoy Pal Chaudhuri
    Pages 1-32
  3. Jyotirmoy Pal Chaudhuri
    Pages 73-101
  4. Jyotirmoy Pal Chaudhuri
    Pages 103-128
  5. Jyotirmoy Pal Chaudhuri
    Pages 129-169
  6. Jyotirmoy Pal Chaudhuri
    Pages 171-198
  7. Jyotirmoy Pal Chaudhuri
    Pages 199-231
  8. Jyotirmoy Pal Chaudhuri
    Pages 233-251
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 253-279

About this book


This book examines the history of the relationship between Liberia and Britain—the world’s first black republic, founded by former slaves, and the world’s strongest colonial power. Jyotirmoy Pal Chaudhuri excavates a wealth of archival sources to reconstruct a turbulent narrative spanning key points in twentieth-century Liberian history. Pal Chaudhuri argues that the Black Republic was never a serious item on the British agenda for constructive action in West Africa, as seen in the repeated failure of their concessionaires, their interference with the Firestone rubber project, and their efforts to have Liberia expelled from the League of Nations. Untangling the conflicts and contradictions between Britain’s colonial interests and humanitarian ideals, Whitehall and the Black Republic is a long overdue contribution to the history of Liberia and the British Empire.


Liberian history British policy in Liberia British colonial imperialism Anglophone Africa West African history Anglo-German Rivalry in West Africa First World War Firestone Company the rubber industry in Liberia Liberian Government Anglo-Liberian relations the League of Nations C.D.B. King E.J. Barclay

Authors and affiliations

  • Jyotirmoy Pal Chaudhuri
    • 1
  1. 1.KolkataIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-70475-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-70476-0
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