Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Winding up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use.date: 27 January 2022

‘A Dramatic and Liberal Gesture’

‘A Dramatic and Liberal Gesture’

Attlee’s Secret Smaller Territories Enquiry, 1949–51

(p.48) (p.49) 4 ‘A Dramatic and Liberal Gesture’
Winding up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands

W. David McIntyre

Oxford University Press

The work of the Smaller Territories Enquiry between 1949 and 1951 was set up after a request from Gibraltar for a legislative council. Although the colonial policy goal of working towards independence within the Commonwealth had been announced during the Second World War, no terminal status had been set out for nearly thirty smaller territories. The committee set up by Attlee included Oxford historians Vincent Harlow and Margery Perham, who accepted that there were colonies too small, remote, and poor to aspire to sovereign independence. The committee suggested an alternative status of island or city states that would combine executive and legislative functions in a single state council. These proposals were never published nor adopted by ministers, and when circulated between Colonial Office officials, they were largely denounced with various degrees of harshness.

Keywords:   colonial policy, smaller territories, legislative council, island or city state, state council

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .