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The Internationalization of ColonialismBritain, France, and Black Africa 1939-1956$
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John Kent

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203025

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203025.001.0001

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Wartime Policy in West Africa: The Effects on Relations between the European Colonies, 1940–1942

Wartime Policy in West Africa: The Effects on Relations between the European Colonies, 1940–1942

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(p.64) 3 Wartime Policy in West Africa: The Effects on Relations between the European Colonies, 1940–1942
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The Internationalization of Colonialism
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John Kent

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203025.003.0004

The conduct of the war as it affected West Africa was naturally influenced, at the highest level, by its relation to the best over-all strategy that could be devised to resist the Germans. This explains the vacillations, shifts, and hesitations which affected Britain’s attitudes to the Free French and Vichy authorities and, as a result, the nature of military operations and economic warfare in West Africa. The need to develop West African production created a radically new framework for the development of economic policy in both London and the colonies. In the wake of the great rupture in Anglo-French relations, Sir Bernard Bourdillon was quick to realise that life in West Africa could not go on as before. From now on the war would impinge much more on West Africa, with the need for greater controls over the economic life of the region.

Keywords:   West Africa, France, Vichy, economic policy, Anglo-French relations, Bernard Bourdillon, Britain, colonies

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