When World War II broke out in 1939, it was clear that new initiatives had been made which were to influence the future development of Britain’s colonial policy in Black Africa. The public commitment by the British Colonial Secretary, Malcolm MacDonald, to the long-term goal of self-government, and the accompanying acceptance of a policy of colonial development financed by the British Treasury, formed an important stage in the history of colonial policy in Africa. This had both short-term and long-term implications, and it can be seen as the initial stage on the road towards independence along which Britain and, more reluctantly, France were destined to travel. Consequently, the history of Anglo-French relations in Africa proved to be something more than a history of colonial policy-makers attempting to co-operate in order to maximize the impact of economic development, technical progress, and constitutional change.
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