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Decolonization in Britain and France

Decolonization in Britain and France: The Domestic Consequences of International Relations

Copyright Date: 1984
Pages: 442
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    Decolonization in Britain and France
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    Professor Kahler focuses on organizations below the state, investigating party competition and sensitivity to political change produced by the characteristics of commercial firms. In addition, he explores transmission of external shocks to the domestic polity by the state itself and the domestic politics of settler societies under external threat

    Originally published in 1984.

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    eISBN: 978-1-4008-5558-2
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-viii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-x)
    (pp. xi-xii)
    (pp. xiii-2)
  5. CHAPTER I Introduction. Decolonization: Domestic Consequences of International Relations, Domestic Sources of Foreign Policy
    (pp. 3-58)

    In France discussions of decolonization frequently evoke the worddrame. Few would deny the tragic and apparently inexorable quality of the events that accompanied the end of the colonial empires, stretching from the partitions of India and Palestine to the final episodes enacted today in southern Africa. The birth of dozens of new states came at a high cost to their future citizens in displacement and death; their heritage has been, in many cases, lingering conflict. For the European states, decolonization seemed the last precipitous act in their decline from world preeminence, leaving doubts about their place in the international...

  6. CHAPTER II Decolonizing Nationalism: Conservatives and Empire in Britain and France
    (pp. 59-160)

    Even a casual observer of political parties in Europe would notice the often dramatic effects of international events on their unity and morale in the twentieth century. Parties Left and Right were split by the struggle over appeasement and rearmament in the 1930s. After 1945 issues such as German rearmament divided parties of the Left and Center in Britain and France; Khrushchev’s secret speech signaling de-Stalinization, followed by Soviet intervention in Hungary, jolted West European Communist parties deeply attachedtothe Russian model of socialism.

    Decolonization was yet another external change that added to the dilemmas of the parties. Political...

  7. CHAPTER III French Socialists and British Labour: The Lure of Empire, The Benefits of Principle
    (pp. 161-264)

    That decolonization should have threatened a disorganized Right in France and even the governing Conservative Party in Britain is not surprising. Their ideological appeals were built around nationalism, defined in terms of a world role and a colonial empire; disengagement was likely to lead to disenchantment and revolt. Socialist parties, on the other hand, had, more or less ambiguously, been attached to anti-imperialism since the earliest years of the movement. Their principal electoral and organizational appeals were social and economic, not directly tied to international politics. One would hardly expect that disengagement from empire would threaten or divide them.


  8. CHAPTER IV Metropolitan Politics and the Economics of Empire
    (pp. 265-315)

    The colonial economies entered the politics of Britain and France by shaping the indirect ideological hold of the empires on the political parties and by directly penetrating and influencing the making of colonial policy. Even for those parties that represented business or capital, the external orientation of capitalist development was not a given, but a source of controversy: definitions of economic interest could not be separated from the ideological formulations of the political parties. Colonial interests sought in turn to shape those ideological appeals to fittheirperceptions against competing sectors with lower stakes in the colonial status quo. Two...

  9. CHAPTER V Colonial Populations, the State, and the Politics of Britain and France
    (pp. 316-353)

    It is a commonplace of the history of decolonization that Europeans resident in the colonial empires were among the most vociferous and effective opponents of the transfer of power to African or Arab majorities. Combining certain advantages of metropolitan citizenship with the immunities of a foreign domicile, the settlers resisted both in the sphere of metropolitan politics and in the colonies. Examining a number of British and French cases, similarities appear in the conduct of settler politics. Their impact upon the metropolis and its efforts to enforce changes in the colonial relationship was determined by three elements: the intensity of...

  10. CHAPTER VI Conclusion: The Decolonization of British and French Societies
    (pp. 354-388)

    As the Algerian crisis deepened, a Socialist deputy remarked that it seemed France had been colonized by its empire. That a nation could be so constrained by a set of international relations carefully constructed over time sums up the contrast between Britain and France and points to the source, it has been argued, of many of the differences in their pattern of decolonization. Three sets of links, three dynamics, indirect and direct, by which the colonial empires could influence the politics of Britain and France have been investigated.

    Ideology served not only as a means of interpreting the course of...

    (pp. 389-410)
  12. INDEX
    (pp. 411-426)
  13. Back Matter
    (pp. 427-427)