Manpower Shortage and the End of Colonialism The Case of the Indian Civil Service

  title={Manpower Shortage and the End of Colonialism The Case of the Indian Civil Service},
  author={David Charles Potter},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={47 - 73}
  • D. C. Potter
  • Published 1 January 1973
  • Economics
  • Modern Asian Studies
Why did European countries abandon colonies after the Second World War? No acceptable theory exists to help us with this question—theory neither in the sense of conceptualizations which ‘map out the problem area and thus prepare the ground for its empirical investigation’, nor in the sense of a set of interconnected hypotheses about the specific reality of the end of colonialism which can be validated or refuted by empirical research. Lenin's classic work on imperialism develops powerful… 

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