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David Howell
Haus Publishing, 2006
Former British Prime Minister best known for the creation of the National Health Service.

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Britain, France and the Decolonization of Africa
Future Imperfect?
Edited by Andrew W.M. Smith and Chris Jeppesen
University College London, 2017
Looking at decolonization in the conditional tense, this volume teases out the complex and uncertain ends of British and French empire in Africa during the period of ‘late colonial shift’ after 1945. Rather than view decolonization as an inevitable process, the contributors together explore the crucial historical moments in which change was negotiated, compromises were made, and debates were staged. Three core themes guide the analysis: development, contingency and entanglement. The chapters consider the ways in which decolonization was governed and moderated by concerns about development and profit. A complementary focus on contingency allows deeper consideration of how colonial powers planned for ‘colonial futures’, and how divergent voices greeted the end of empire. Thinking about entanglements likewise stresses both the connections that existed between the British and French empires in Africa, and those that endured beyond the formal transfer of power.

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Chris Wrigley
Haus Publishing, 2006
Part of the 20 Prime Ministers Series

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Douglas Home
David Dutton
Haus Publishing, 2006
Alec Douglas-Home was an aristocrat who disclaimed his peerage to become Prime Minister in 1963.

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Economic Decline and Political Change
Canada, Great Britain, the United States
Harold D. Clarke
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989

In the 1970's, an “age of affluence” ended abruptly in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. Skyrocketing inflation, persistent unemployment, and sluggish growth became new, oppressive realities for government and citizens alike. This book examines the changes that occurred in economic policymaking on the governmental level and the public's response to such changes. This timely collection of essays sheds light on the political economy of three of the world's oldest democracies in an era of economic distress and uncertainty.


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Peter Wilby
Haus Publishing, 2006
Succeeded Churchill as Prime Minister, but worsened relations with USA during the Suez Crisis

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Francis Beckett
Haus Publishing, 2006
Fatherly friend to JFK he repaired the rift between the USA and Britain created by the Suez crisis.

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Mapping the End of Empire
American and British Strategic Visions in the Postwar World
Aiyaz Husain
Harvard University Press, 2014

By the end of World War II, strategists in Washington and London looked ahead to a new era in which the United States shouldered global responsibilities and Britain concentrated its regional interests more narrowly. The two powers also viewed the Muslim world through very different lenses. Mapping the End of Empire reveals how Anglo–American perceptions of geography shaped postcolonial futures from the Middle East to South Asia.

Aiyaz Husain shows that American and British postwar strategy drew on popular notions of geography as well as academic and military knowledge. Once codified in maps and memoranda, these perspectives became foundations of foreign policy. In South Asia, American officials envisioned an independent Pakistan blocking Soviet influence, an objective that outweighed other considerations in the contested Kashmir region. Shoring up Pakistan meshed perfectly with British hopes for a quiescent Indian subcontinent once partition became inevitable. But serious differences with Britain arose over America’s support for the new state of Israel. Viewing the Mediterranean as a European lake of sorts, U.S. officials—even in parts of the State Department—linked Palestine with Europe, deeming it a perfectly logical destination for Jewish refugees. But British strategists feared that the installation of a Jewish state in Palestine could incite Muslim ire from one corner of the Islamic world to the other.

As Husain makes clear, these perspectives also influenced the Dumbarton Oaks Conference and blueprints for the UN Security Council and shaped French and Dutch colonial fortunes in the Levant and the East Indies.


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