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Party Politics and DecolonizationThe Conservative Party and British Colonial Policy in Tropical Africa 1951-1964$
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Philip Murphy

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205050

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205050.001.0001

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The Conservative Party and Empire, 1945–1951

The Conservative Party and Empire, 1945–1951

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Conservative loyalties centred upon three British empires: the empire of prestige, the empire of ‘kith and kin’, and the economic empire of tariff barriers and the sterling area. As this chapter demonstrates, despite the loss of India and the advent of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the Conservative party was slow to disengage itself from this tripartite conception of empire. This chapter also discusses post-war readjustments, the empire and the Cold War, ‘The Three Unities’, reactions to the Conservative victory of 1951, and the Conservative Imperial Policy in 1951.

Keywords:   Conservative Party, prestige, kith and kin, tariff barriers, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, Cold War, The Three Unities, Conservative victory, Conservative Imperial Policy

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