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South Africa, the Colonial Powers and ‘African Defence’

The Rise and Fall of the White Entente, 1948–60


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. G. R. Berridge
    Pages 1-23
  3. G. R. Berridge
    Pages 24-54
  4. G. R. Berridge
    Pages 55-90
  5. G. R. Berridge
    Pages 91-109
  6. G. R. Berridge
    Pages 110-132
  7. G. R. Berridge
    Pages 133-156
  8. G. R. Berridge
    Pages 157-182
  9. G. R. Berridge
    Pages 183-188
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 189-234

About this book


This book describes the fate of South Africa's drive, which began in 1949, to associate itself with Britain, France, Portugal and Belgium in an African Defence Pact. It describes how South Africa had to settle for an entente rather than an alliance, and how even this had been greatly emasculated by 1960. In light of this case, the book considers the argument that ententes have the advantages of alliances without their disadvantages, and concludes that this is exaggerated.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK

About the authors

G.R. BERRIDGE is Professor of International Politics and Director of Research at the Centre for the Study of Diplomacy, University of Leicester.

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