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Winding up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands$
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W. David McIntyre

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198702436

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702436.001.0001

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‘We Cannot Now Apply the Brakes’

‘We Cannot Now Apply the Brakes’

Accelerated Decolonization: The Gilbert and Ellice Islands, 1975–78

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Winding up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands

W. David McIntyre

Oxford University Press

The beginnings of self-government in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands colony. Growing tensions between the Micronesian Gilbertese and the Polynesian Ellice Islanders as the prospect of decolonization raised the possibility that the minority Ellice people would be dominated by the Gilbertese. The movement for administrative secession included a visit from Sir Leslie Monson, who reported, and a United Nations visiting mission that supervised a referendum, which gave overwhelming support to separation. The creation of the colony of Tuvalu in 1975 was followed by constitutional negotiations in London for independence that was achieved as a Commonwealth realm in 1978.

Keywords:   Micronesian Gilbertese, Polynesian Ellice, Sir Leslie Monson, Toaripi Lauti, Tuvalu, UN visiting mission

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