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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 Progress of Colonial Co-operation in London and Paris, 1945–1949

The Progress of Colonial Co-operation in London and Paris, 1945–1949

(p.151) 7 The Progress of Colonial Co-operation in London and Paris, 1945–1949
The Internationalization of Colonialism

John Kent

Oxford University Press

Within two years, the new Ministry of Overseas France was to inaugurate a similar programme of development, and was to invest much more money than Britain. From the Foreign Office’s point of view, the general difficulties affecting Anglo-French relations, which stemmed from competing aspirations in London and Paris for power and status, were accompanied by the specific problems of the Levant and divergent views on the future of Germany. An Anglo-French alliance would form the backbone of such an organization. The situation changed when the French approached the Foreign Office requesting a meeting with a senior member of the Colonial Office in order to arrange the resumption of the 1940 contacts. As a result, A. H. Poynton met M. Walter, invited Henri Laurentie to lead a delegation to London to discuss the possibilities of developing direct contacts between the French and British Colonial Offices on matters of common interest, especially those of a technical nature.

Keywords:   Ministry of Overseas France, Foreign Office, Anglo-French relations, Colonial Office, A. H. Poynton, M. Walter, Henri Laurentie, Britain

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