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The lack of its Empire and the "turn' to Europe are the 2 notable gains of Britain's overseas coverage because 1945. The individuals study the relationship among the 2 strategies. using a number of resources, the authors problem traditional interpretations of the relationship, and in doing so increase vital questions about the character, motivation, and results of British coverage.

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P. 541. 7. Kenneth O. Morgan, Labour in Power, 1945–1951 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984) pp. 271–2. 8. Sked and Cook, op. , note 2 above, p. 71. 9. Anne Orde, The Collapse of Great Britain: The United States and British Imperial Decline, 1895–1956 (London: Macmillan Press – now Palgrave, 1996) p. 170. 10. The Times, 12 January 1946. 11. David Goldsworthy, Colonial Issues in British Politics, 1945–1961 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1971) p. 14. 12. P. S. Gupta, Imperialism and the British Labour Movement, 1914–1964 (London: Macmillan Press – now Palgrave, 1975) p.

Brailsford, had developed an anti-imperialist critique, especially with regard to India, but this did not influence the party leadership. Labour’s central concern was not colonial independence, or even development, but the role the colonies could play in helping the British economy. In 1929 the Labour government introduced the Colonial Development Act (taken straight from the Conservative election manifesto). Despite the title, the Act was designed not to develop the colonies but to help the British unemployment problem.

15–16. 17. Davies, op. , note 1 above, p. 77. 18. , p. 77. 19. Kent, op. , note 3 above, p. 121. 20. John Saville, The Politics of Continuity: British Foreign Policy and the Labour Government, 1945–1946 (London: Verso, 1993) p. 94. 21. Darwin, op. , note 14 above, p. 73. For a discussion of the impact of Whig history on British official thinking, see Edwin Jones, The English Nation: The Great Myth (London: Sutton Publishing, 1998), chapter 7, pp. 218– 47. 22. John Campbell, Nye Bevan and the Mirage of British Socialism (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1987) p.

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