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Human Rights and the End of EmpireBritain and the Genesis of the European Convention$
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A. W Brian Simpson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267897

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267897.001.0001

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The Burdens of Empire

The Burdens of Empire

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(p.276) 6 The Burdens of Empire
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Human Rights and the End of Empire
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A. W. BRAIN SIMPSON

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267897.003.0006

This chapter gives an account of the structure and legal status of Britain's colonial empire in the post war period, and that of other European colonial powers. It considers the pressure for international supervision, and British resistance to it, together with the justifications offered for colonialism. It discusses the relationship between the anti-colonial movement and the human rights movement, traces the evolving practice of the United Nations, and concludes with an account of the less defensible aspects of British colonialism.

Keywords:   colonial empire, European colonial powers, international supervision, anti-colonial movement, British colonialism

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