Money and the End of Empire

British International Economic Policy and the Colonies, 1947–58

  • Gerold Krozewski

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Britain, Finance and Empire

  4. Convergence: Britain, Empire and Sterling Crises, 1947, 1949, 1951

  5. Divergence: Britain, Empire and Planned Liberalization, 1953–56

  6. Separation: Britain, Empire and the Return to Multilateralism, Towards 1958 and Beyond

  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 210-311

About this book


This book presents a penetrating new analysis of the end of the empire, located at the intersection of politics, economy and society in Britain and the colonies. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, when political control was feasible, discriminatory management of the colonies sustained Britain's postwar recovery. But synergy turned into conflict as Britain moved towards economic liberalization and financial cosmopolitanism, and found it increasingly difficult to reconcile established relations with emerging priorities. Based on a wide range of archival and other sources, this study relates political and economic developments in Britain and the colonies in original ways to overcome the gulf between peripheralist and Euro-centric explanations of postwar British imperial relations, and helps redress the neglect of the empire in modern international history. Money and the End of Empire will nourish debates in British and international economic and political history and is essential reading for historians of Britain and the empire.


British Empire economic development economic policy trade

Authors and affiliations

  • Gerold Krozewski
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate Institute of International StudiesGenevaSwitzerland

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