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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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Ministerial Discussions and Anglo-French Colonial Co-operation, 1950–1956

Ministerial Discussions and Anglo-French Colonial Co-operation, 1950–1956

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The Internationalization of Colonialism

John Kent

Oxford University Press

British colonial policy in West Africa received a new momentum from the Coussey Commission’s report and the proposed constitutions for Nigeria and the Gold Coast. As the British actively sought their new African partnership, in which significant moves towards self-government figured prominently, some French colonial officials, particularly resentful of criticism directed against the Union Française by British West Africans in official positions, suspected that Britain was deliberately undermining their African Empire through the medium of constitutional change. The French Union provided a fixed imperial structure that the Ministry of Overseas France was committed to maintain, and through which it hoped to control the economic and political changes in Black Africa from Paris. The initial attempt at reopening the failed political talks was made by the Quai d’Orsay, which, at the official level, suggested a high-level ministerial exchange of views on political policies and objectives in West Africa.

Keywords:   Britain, colonial policy, West Africa, Coussey Commission, Union Française, French Union, Ministry of Overseas France, Black Africa, Quai d’Orsay

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