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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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‘Britain’s Withdrawal East of Suez is also a Withdrawal West of Panama’

‘Britain’s Withdrawal East of Suez is also a Withdrawal West of Panama’

The End in the Pacific: When, Why, and How?

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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/9780198702436.003.0004

A summary of decolonization in the Pacific focusing on the questions of when, why, and how. After an outline of the chronological sequence, the role of changing British priorities is discussed. After the abolition of the Colonial Office, with its long-standing tradition of trusteeship in 1966, and the creation of the merged Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1968, there was focus on fostering British interests and reducing commitments. The sequence of constitutional changes whereby nominated advisory councils were gradually transformed into representative legislative councils and, finally, elected parliaments, is outlined. Constitutional experts who were lent to colonial governments included: Professor Jim Davidson, a New Zealander from Cambridge then Canberra; Yash Pal Ghai, a Kenyan of Indian parentage from Warwick then Hong Kong; and David Murray from the Open University who had grown up in China and taught in Africa.

Keywords:   Colonial Office, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, advisory council, legislative council, elected parliament, Jim Davidson, Yash Pal Ghai, David Murray

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