Decolonisation and the Collapse of the British Empire, 1919-1968 (HIH2014A)

30 credits

The British Empire had reached the height of its power by the early 1920s. Within the space of four decades, however, Britain’s imperial system had collapsed. What factors explain the rapid disintegration of the British Empire? Geo-politics and relative metropolitan decline played a part but of greater significance were events in the colonies, where the rise of anti-colonial nationalism and violent insurgency hastened the process of imperial collapse. Focusing on Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia, the aim of this module is to investigate the causes and consequences of British imperial withdrawal between the end of the First World War and the late 1960s.