Decolonization – The Dissolution of the British Empire in the Twentieth Century


Residential course

Edward Towne

19 March 2021 to 21 March 2021

From £233 Non-resident fee

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Indian independence was hastened by the events of World War Two in Asia, for Japanese success made the British look vulnerable.  The 1945 Labour government dissolved the Raj in 1947, and pressure grew for further decolonization in Africa and elsewhere, delayed here and there by the presence of British colonists (Kenya and Rhodesia).

Events like the Suez Crisis of 1956 merely rubbed in the awkward truth that Britain’s imperial days were numbered.

Finally, some comparison may help:  how successful was the UK in resolving colonial issues compared to Belgium, France and Portugal?

Residential Fees From: £348.   Non Residential: £233

Tutor information

Edward Towne won Oxford University’s Beit Prize in Imperial History in 2001. He has taught history in schools since 1973 and has contributed to two “A” Level History textbooks: The Tudor Years (Hodder Headline 1994, second edition 2004), and Years of Turmoil, a textbook on seventeenth century England, (Hodder Headline, 1998). He leads study tours to France for the Historical Association and is founding chairman of their Dining Group, which meets in Central London five times a year and has been an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association since 2011.

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