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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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(p.328) Conclusion
The Internationalization of Colonialism

John Kent

Oxford University Press

When World War II broke out in 1939, it was clear that new initiatives had been made which were to influence the future development of Britain’s colonial policy in Black Africa. The public commitment by the British Colonial Secretary, Malcolm MacDonald, to the long-term goal of self-government, and the accompanying acceptance of a policy of colonial development financed by the British Treasury, formed an important stage in the history of colonial policy in Africa. This had both short-term and long-term implications, and it can be seen as the initial stage on the road towards independence along which Britain and, more reluctantly, France were destined to travel. Consequently, the history of Anglo-French relations in Africa proved to be something more than a history of colonial policy-makers attempting to co-operate in order to maximize the impact of economic development, technical progress, and constitutional change.

Keywords:   colonial policy, Black Africa, Malcolm MacDonald, self-government, colonial development, British Treasury, Africa, France, Anglo-French relations

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