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The Internationalization of ColonialismBritain, France, and Black Africa 1939-1956$
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John Kent

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203025

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203025.001.0001

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The Ewe Question: Origins and Impact, 1945–1949

The Ewe Question: Origins and Impact, 1945–1949

(p.214) 9 The Ewe Question: Origins and Impact, 1945–1949
The Internationalization of Colonialism

John Kent

Oxford University Press

The new post-war commitment of Colonial Offices in France and Britain to economic development and social welfare emerged alongside a growing African interest in political and constitutional change. The politicisation of more sections of West African society was bound to have an impact on colonial policy-makers seeking to redefine their links with the non-self governing territories. In this difficult process, the efforts of the French and British to co-operate in order to influence future developments had, by 1949, become more problematic. There are differences between British and French attitudes to the use of constitutional change to retain control and influence over these interest groups or ‘nationalist’ movements seeking political power or economic advancement. The key issue which revealed these differences was the demands of the Ewes for some form of national self-determination.

Keywords:   Colonial Offices, West African society, France, Britain, constitutional change, nationalist movements, Ewes

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