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Labour between Commonwealth and Europe, 1951–64

  • Partha Sarathi Gupta
Part of the Cambridge Commonwealth Series book series

Abstract

In the thirteen years that elapsed before the Labour Party got another chance to form a government there were two changes of leadership, and two general elections, in both of which the Party yielded more and more seats to the Conservatives.1 By 1964 the Colonial Empire had practically disappeared, leaving big question-marks as to what role, if any, Britain could play in relation to her former dependencies. That the question of a post-imperial role could at all arise was partly due to the strong tradition in favour of economic and social development before the abandonment of the Empire. The rapidity with which the Empire was dismantled during the Conservative Government under Harold Macmillan, and especialy during the period when Ian Mcleod was in charge of the Colonial Office, would have come as a surprise to those who formulated Labour Party policy in the early fifties. In that period colonial policy-making continued to be bedevilled by the fight between the ‘Bevanites’ and the Party leadership over foreign policy issues such as the burden of rearmament, the American alliance, German rearmament and the development of the hydrogen bomb by Britain.2

Keywords

Foreign Policy Trade Union Socialist Commentary Labour Party Racial Equality 
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© Partha Sarathi Gupta 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Partha Sarathi Gupta
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of DelhiIndia

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