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Reference: Nordman, Curtis R., (1976). Prelude to decolonisation in West Africa. DPhil. University of Oxford.Citable link to this page:


Prelude to decolonisation in West Africa Subtitle: The development of British colonial policy, 1938-1947

Abstract: This study sets out to examine the development of British colonialpolicy towards West Africa between the years 1938 and 1947. It isprimarily a study of the so-called 'official mind' of British colonialismbecause, as the sources indicate, the nationalists were mainly excludedfrom the review process. It has been decided to begin the thesis with theColonial Secretaryship of Malcolm MacDonald. With the assistance of theWest Indian Crisis, which propelled the colonial issue into the politicalarena in Britain, and Hailey's African Survey, which set out the deficienciesof British rule in Africa, MacDonald was supplied with the politicallever and the requisite guidelines for him to successfully initiate areview of colonial policy in 1938. In particular MacDonald wished to seeresolved the potential contradictions which existed in Britain's colonialpolicy. As he put it, Important decisions may have to be taken in orderto prevent Native Authorities on the one hand and Legislative Councils onthe other from developing along divergent lines with undesirable results.This theme dominated the British West African policy review until 1947, bywhich time constitutions designed to effect such a harmony had eitherbeen implemented or announced.[Please see pdf. for full abstract.]

Type of Award:DPhil Level of Award:Doctoral Awarding Institution: University of Oxford Notes:This thesis was digitised thanks to the generosity of Dr Leonard Polonsky

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Issue Date: 1976Identifiers

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Language: eng Subjects: Africa, West Great Britain Africa Decolonization Colonies Administration Tiny URL: td:604788779


Author: Nordman, Curtis R. - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultyFaculty of Social Studies - - - - Bibliographic Details Issue Date: 1



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