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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 MacDonald–Mandel Conversations on Anglo-French Colonial Co-operation

The MacDonald–Mandel Conversations on Anglo-French Colonial Co-operation

(p.13) 1 The MacDonald–Mandel Conversations on Anglo-French Colonial Co-operation
The Internationalization of Colonialism

John Kent

Oxford University Press

British colonial subjects remained better off than their French counterparts who were affected by the increasingly ruthless policy directed from Paris. It was agreed with the Foreign Office that colonial defence was a matter for the Chiefs of Staff if and when joint staff talks were finally agreed on; the British Ambassador in Paris, who had received the initial proposals for Anglo-French co-operation, was instructed to make this clear to the French. P. Devinat, G. Mandel’s Chef de Cabinet and later to be head of the bureau of economic affairs, suggested to Sir Henry Moore, an Assistant Under-Secretary in the Colonial Office, that a personal meeting between Malcolm MacDonald and Mandel might be useful. The British Secretary of State was due to visit Geneva in June 1939 for a meeting of the Permanent Mandates Commission, and a brief visit to Paris was fitted in as part of the trip.

Keywords:   Foreign Office, colonial defence, Anglo-French co-operation, P. Devinat, G. Mandel, Henry Moore, Colonial Office, Malcolm MacDonald, Permanent Mandates Commission

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