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Anticolonialism in British PoliticsThe Left and the End of Empire 1918-1964$
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Stephen Howe

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204237

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204237.001.0001

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The Labour Governments, 1945–1951

The Labour Governments, 1945–1951

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Labour came to power in 1945 with a commitment to Indian independence but with cautious and modest proposals for other colonies. This chapter argues that Labour policy after 1945 would develop less as the expression of a coherent and consistent philosophy of colonial affairs than in a fragmented, complex, and often ad hoc fashion. An absence of sustained analysis at the level of the party leadership would leave a space in which various conflicting assumptions and pressures, official and unofficial, could interact.

Keywords:   British colonialism, Labour Party, India, anticolonialism, imperialism, colonial affairs

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