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'From Birmingham to Bulawayo': the Labour government, race and decolonisation, 1964-1970

  title={'From Birmingham to Bulawayo': the Labour government, race and decolonisation, 1964-1970},
  author={K. Basil O'Leary},
  • K. O'Leary
  • Published 28 September 2016
  • History, Political Science
This thesis examines how Harold Wilson’s Labour government of 1964-1970 addressed the issues of race and decolonisation both internationally and domestically. Internationally, the thesis is primarily concerned with the Wilson government’s policies and attitudes towards the former non-settler empire. The early 1960s saw most of Britain’s remaining non-white colonies gain their independence, the so-called ‘winds of change’. Despite this loss of empire, many senior Labour figures believed that… 
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Contextualising Apartheid at the End of Empire: Repression, ‘Development’ and the Bantustans

  • Laura Evans
  • Political Science
    The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
  • 2019
ABSTRACT This article examines the global dynamics of late colonialism and how these informed South African apartheid. More specifically, it locates the programmes of mass relocation and bantustan

Survival in the 'Dumping Grounds'



Constructing Post-Imperial Britain: Britishness, 'Race' and the Radical Left in the 1960s

In the 1960s Britain wound up its overseas empire. What had once covered a quarter of the world's surface was no more. This marked a new beginning for people in those former colonies, but its impact

At the Heart of the Empire: Indians and the Colonial Encounter in Late-Victorian Britain

Antoinette Burton focuses on the experiences of three Victorian travelers in Britain to illustrate how 'Englishness' was made and remade in relation to imperialism. The accounts left by these three

Acceptable Levels? The Use and Threat of Violence in Central Africa, 1953–64

Monographs by Caroline Elkins and David Anderson on British policy in the campaign against the Mau Mau insurgency in Kenya, both published in 2005, served to focus scholarly attention on the role of

Sterling, the `minor' territories, and the end of formal empire, 1939-1958

postwar reconstruction and decolonization are among the most prominent issues in the study of British history during the two decades after the Second World War, though they are usually placed side by

The Origin and Course of Fabian Colonialism in Africa

This article shows why and how the practices of Fabians in colonial Africa rested upon a socialist version of the doctrine of trusteeship. With its roots in nineteenth-century Comtean positivism,

Britain's Declining Empire: The Road to Decolonisation, 1918–1968

Preface Introduction 1. 'The whole world is rocking': British governments and a dysfunctional imperial system, 1918-45 2. 'British imperialism is dead': the Attlee government and the end of empire,

The British Public in a Shrinking World: Civic Engagement with the Declining Empire, 1960-1970

This thesis analyses how the British public’s interactions with the peoples and places of the empire and Commonwealth changed as a result of decolonization. Its central concern is to determine how

Brotherhood and the brothers: Responses to ‘coloured’ immigration in the British Labour Party c. 1951–1965

Abstract This article attempts to explain the variegated response of British Labour Party members to post‐war ‘coloured’ Commonwealth immigration. Most accounts consider that, by the early 1960s,


ABSTRACT In February 1951, the Sunday Express printed a piece extolling the virtues of a Colonial Service career, under the headline: ‘Sanders of the River, Still the Best Job for a British Boy’.

Imperialism, Race and Resistance: Africa and Britain, 1919-1945

List of illustrations. Preface. Acknowledgements. Abbreviations. Introduction: why imperialism, race and resistance? 1. Africa after the First World War: race and imperialism redefined? West Africa.