‘Operation Legacy’: Britain’s Destruction and Concealment of Colonial Records Worldwide

  title={‘Operation Legacy’: Britain’s Destruction and Concealment of Colonial Records Worldwide},
  author={Shohei Sato},
  journal={The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History},
  pages={697 - 719}
  • Shohei Sato
  • Published 11 April 2017
  • History
  • The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
ABSTRACT The end of the British Empire in the mid-twentieth century was accompanied by a large-scale rearrangement of sensitive colonial records worldwide. A great number of these records were destroyed and a sizeable portion sent to Britain to be kept secret. This article advances studies of this policy, eventually code-named ‘Operation Legacy’, by reading the ‘migrated archives’ that have been newly discovered and declassified in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 141 series. It asks… 
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