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The British Press, Public Opinion and the End of Empire in Africa The 'Wind of Change', 1957-60

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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 01/2022
Edizione: 1st ed. 2022


This book provides fresh insights into how the British press affected both British perceptions of decolonisation in Africa and British policy towards it during the ‘wind of change’ period.  It also reveals, for the first time, the extent to which British newspaper coverage was of relevance to African and white settler readerships.  British newspapers informed the political strategies and civic cultures of African activists,nationalists, liberal whites in Africa, the staunchest of white settler communities, and the first governments of independent African states and their opponents.  The British press, British public opinion and British journalists became etched into the lived experiences of the end of empire affecting Anglo-African and Anglo-settler relations to this day. Arguing that the press cast a transnational web of influence over the decolonisation process in Africa, the author explores the relationships between the British, African and settler public and political spheres, and highlights the mediating power of the British press during the late 1950s. The book draws from a range of British newspapers, official government documents, newspaper archives, interviews, memoirs, autobiographies and articles printed in African and white settler papers.  It will be of interest to historians of decolonisation, Africa, the media and the British Empire. 


Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: Nkrumah’s Ghana, 1957: the press and the post-colonial state.

Chapter Three: Colonial violence in Kenya and the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, 1959: frameworks of representation and patterns of practice of the press

Chapter Four: Harold Macmillan’s ‘wind of change’ tour of Africa, 1960: British policy, civic cultures and political practices

Chapter Five: The Sharpeville massacre, 1960: African activism and the press

Chapter Six: The Congo Crisis, 1960-61: emergent mini-frames in a post-colonial environment.

Chapter Seven: Conclusion.


Rosalind Coffey is a Guest Teacher in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where she teaches on the extra-European world during the twentieth century. She has also worked as a Senior Teaching Fellow in the History Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where she convened courses on the history of Africa from the birth of civilisations to the present day, society and culture in twentieth-century Africa, slavery in West Africa, and gender.  She has also taught an interdisciplinary course at the LSE, which encourages the cross-fertilisation of approaches and perspectives across fields including History, Government, Development, and Media and Communications. 

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Britain and the World
Dimensioni: 210 x 148 mm Ø 524 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:X, 291 p.
Pagine Arabe: 291
Pagine Romane: x

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