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Title: Imperialism after decolonisation : Britain's remnants of Empire since 1963, with special reference to the Falkland Islands, the British Indian Ocean Territory and Brunei
Author: Brocklesby, J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 9359 2833
Awarding Body: Liverpool John Moores University
Current Institution: Liverpool John Moores University
Date of Award: 2020
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This thesis examines an area largely neglected by imperial historians: the remnants of the British Empire. In order to do so, the thesis will invert the traditional approaches to decolonisation – internal/indigenous factors; metropolitan imperial considerations; and global geopolitics – to showcase that these influences caused colonial retention as much as independence. For this purpose, three case studies have been chosen: The Falkland Islands, Diego Garcia (part of the British Indian Ocean Territory), and Brunei. These constitute a cross-section of the British Overseas Territories as well as territories that did not become independent during the ‘great wave’ of decolonisation in the 1960s. The thesis will demonstrate how these three case studies are important in understanding colonial nationalism working to maintain imperial links, as well as the lack of agency from London (through inertia, or inability to drive the decolonisation process), post-war global strategy, and the Cold War as important drivers in the maintenance of colonialism. What will also be evident is the role of the remnants in the twenty-first century and how the imperial ghost still haunts Britain (and especially England).
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: D839 Post-war History, 1945 on ; JA Political science (General) ; JC Political theory