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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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‘The Task of “Empire-Unbuilding” is a Difficult One’

‘The Task of “Empire-Unbuilding” is a Difficult One’

Decolonization

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(p.21) 2 ‘The Task of “Empire-Unbuilding” is a Difficult One’
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Winding up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands
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W. David McIntyre

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702436.003.0003

An overview of the general context of decolonization indicating how the Pacific came at the end of the story. Eight phases are outlined: (1) dominion status for the leading white settler colonies, (2) realignment by force attempted by Japan in the 1940s, (3) the international trusteeship system of the United Nations, (4) the landmark ending of the Raj in India in the 1940s, (5) the search for a mezzanine status in the 1950s, (6) the wind of change in Africa in the 1960s, (7) the withdrawal from east of Suez after 1968, and (8) accelerated decolonization in the 1970s. In all but the last of these phases the British Pacific islands were deemed to be unprepared for independence and it was New Zealand and Australia that led the way in decolonization.

Keywords:   decolonization, dominion status, trusteeship, wind of change, east of Suez, accelerated decolonization

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