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The Business of DecolonizationBritish Business Strategies in the Gold Coast$
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Sarah Stockwell

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208488

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208488.001.0001

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The Business of Decolonization

Sarah Stockwell

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At the end of the Second World War, there had been no expectation of the Gold Coast's quick advance from being a British colony to an independent state. An outbreak of rioting in early 1948 followed by a period of rapid political change precipitated constitutional reforms and propelled the Gold Coast swiftly towards self-government. In 1957, the Gold Coast achieved independence. This book examines the experience of British companies like Cadbury Brothers Ltd. in the Gold Coast, their response to political change, and the place of their interests in British policy-making. It argues that British businessmen, among them key figures in the management of British companies operating in the country, were much more than bystanders in the transition from colony to independence. By studying British companies and the end of the British empire, this book hopes to shed light on British business involvement in African politics and hence to make a modest contribution to our understanding of Gold Coast anti-colonial nationalism.

Keywords:   Gold Coast, independence, self-government, African politics, British companies, businessmen, politics, nationalism, British empire

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