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The British press, British public opinion, and the end of empire in Africa, 1957-60

Coffey, Rosalind (2015) The British press, British public opinion, and the end of empire in Africa, 1957-60. PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Abstract

This thesis examines the role of British newspaper coverage of Africa in the process of decolonisation between 1957 and 1960. It considers events in the Gold Coast/Ghana, Kenya, the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, South Africa, and the Belgian Congo/Congo. It offers an extensive analysis of British newspaper coverage of Africa during this period. Concurrently, it explores British journalists’ interactions with one another as well as with the British Government, British MPs, African nationalists, white settler communities, their presses, and African and European settler governments, whose responses to coverage are gauged and evaluated throughout. The project aims, firstly, to provide the first broad study of the role of the British press in, and in relation to, Africa during the period of ‘rapid decolonisation’. Secondly, it offers a reassessment of the assumption that the British metropolitan political and cultural context to the end of empire in Africa was extraneous to the process. Thirdly, it aims to contribute to a growing literature on non-governmental metropolitan perspectives on the end of empire.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: © 2015 Rosalind Coffey
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Sets: Departments > International History
Supervisor: Lewis, Joanna
URI: http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/3271

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