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Winding up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands

W. David McIntyre


Surveys the history of the British empire in the Pacific islands with the purpose of placing the end of empire in this region in the context of the wider history of decolonization. After insisting for over thirty years that there were some countries that were too small, remote, and lacking in resources to be capable of sovereign independence, Britain made a sudden about-turn between 1970 and 1980 and gave independence to all the British Pacific islands except Pitcairn. The about-turn is explained by colonial, metropolitan, and international pressures. New Zealand’s pioneering release of Wester ... More

Keywords: anti-imperialism, decolonization, Declaration on Colonialism, sovereign independence, free association

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198702436
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702436.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W. David McIntyre, author
Emeritus Professor of History, University of Canterbury

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