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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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‘To Complete the Process of Decolonization as soon as Possible’

‘To Complete the Process of Decolonization as soon as Possible’

Whitehall’s Response to the UN Declaration, 1962–64

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(p.99) 8 ‘To Complete the Process of Decolonization as soon as Possible’
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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/9780198702436.003.0009

Whitehall responded to the UN Declaration of Colonialism by appointing a Pacific Future Policy Committee to coordinate departmental approaches. Implications for the Commonwealth of anti-colonialism in the United Nations were considered. Joint discussions about the Pacific were held with the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Different approaches were evident between those who felt responsibility for developing island peoples to the point that they could chose their own future, and those eager to shed distant responsibilities. Part of the resolution involved the merger of the Colonial Office and the Commonwealth Relations Officeinto the Commonwealth Office (1966) and its amalgamation with the Foreign Office two years later. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office took a narrower view of British interests.

Keywords:   Pacific Future Policy, anti-colonialism, United Nations, Colonial Office, Commonwealth Relations Office, Commonwealth Office, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

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