[BOOKS] ✯ Britain and Decolonization: The Retreat from Empire in the Post-War World (Making of the 20th Century) By John Darwin – Motyourdrive.co.uk



10 thoughts on “Britain and Decolonization: The Retreat from Empire in the Post-War World (Making of the 20th Century)

  1. says:

    This is a long dense somewhat too long detailed analysis about the decline and fall of the British Empire sharp and intelligent The author, who seems to be a Tory, argues that the loss of its colonial empire was not due so much to the inevitability of the times, but in each case had very specific proximate causes This is not fully convincing.Nonetheless, a fabulous book from a fabulous series The Making of the Twentieth Century.


  2. says:

    2 stars largely because I read this for school and was not interested The book reads like a textbook without any interesting narrative Ultimately I learned something but at great personal cost.John Darwin s Britain and Decolonisation The retreat from empire in the post war world details the entire history of decolonization from the 1930s inter war period up unto 1980, a few years before book s publication in 1988 Throughout this history Darwin explores traditional explanatory theories for how the British decolonized so relatively quickly The book criticizes theories that depend too strongly on hindsight to imply that events were inevitable or part of a predictable pattern Instead, Darwin argues for decolonization s dual nature and how it occurred as a consequence of a broader change in world affairs the breakdown of the old conditions which favored the existence of the European colonial empires Darwin, pg 331 Throughout the book Darwin moves chronologically through history and uses specific cases of decolonization to make his argument By book s conclusion Darwin successfully transverses the entirety of decolonization and either made mention or fully explained nearly every colony The book s strength rests in its ability to successfully use case studies to illustrate Darwin s larger theoretical argument In using these examples Darwin deconstructs alternate theories that oversimplify the causation of decolonization in an understandable and convincing way Darwin s structure transitions the reader in each section from a broad overview of the chapter s time period to individual cases of decolonization within that frame Unfortunately Darwin s biggest weakness comes to light during this process his pacing is too slow during the case studies and moves too quickly through his theoretical overview His evidence is persuasive but his tendency to hyper focus on the details of his case studies makes understanding his argument difficult for an inattentive reader Overall, Darwin informs the reader effectively but fails to keep their interest due to his lack of narrative and dry writing style.


  3. says:

    In Britain and Decolonisation, author John Darwin details British decolonization after World War II written from a British perspective He assesses the entire scope of British decolonization and asserts that it proceeded in a non uniform way from 1945 onward It varied according to pragmatism, and the pace and methods of decolonization increasingly changed to suit rapidly changing global conditions spurred by the disturbances to global power distribution wrought by World War II In his conclusion, he states that The glacier like inexorability of such changes, for so long of almost imperceptible slowness, came at last to be felt in its full strength when they tried to substitute influence for rule that the British really discovered how drastically their power had declined In addition to the fact that the British approach to decolonization varied, that statement reflects the tenacity to which the British clung to their old hopes for global influence It turned out that those hopes would be disappointed in large measure Despite thorough and specific detailing of the complicated political, economic, and military circumstances surrounding decolonization, Darwin s thesis falls flat By presenting multiple frames of argument and the ambivalent assertion that There seems in fact little point in trying to isolate a single factor and attributing to it sufficient force to bring about the complex of changes we call decolonization, Darwin fails to argue compellingly Each chapter seems to be peppered with vacillations that either seem to contradict prior arguments or attack fabricated or strawman stances, like sentences that begin with, But it would be wrong to see or it would be wrong to assume That narrative style results in inconsistency and ineffectiveness In listing facts, Britain and Decolonisation achieves effectiveness In historical argument and narrative, it misses the mark.


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