'The setting of the sun': Britain and de-colonisation, 1945-1970

Course Dates: 07/04/20
Time: 10:30 - 15:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Peter Street

The course explores how and why during these years Britain ceased to have an empire on which the sun never set. It considers international and domestic pressures/events alongside the territories’ independence movements and British responses.


What is the course about?

In outline form the course considers why and how Britain de-colonised during this period. It considers the role of both domestic pressures and international events (notably the Suez Crisis of 1956 and domestic economic problems) together with the role, activities and significance of independence movements in parts of Africa, Asia and Europe.

What will we cover?

Britain and the post-war world in 1945; Britain’s view of its Empire in 1945
Independence for India, (the then) Ceylon and Burma
The imperial gaze: how Britain saw the remaining empire in the early 1950s; the view from below
The impact of Suez, imperial audit, ‘the winds of change’and the decision to ‘join Europe’
British attitudes towards empire, 1945-1970
A (mostly) peaceful departure; Empire into Commonwealth in the 1960s.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

By the end of this course you will have a greater understanding of:
Britain’s position in the world and its view of empire in 1945
How and why India, (the then) Ceylon and Burma became independent
Britain’s hopes for and policies towards its remaining empire, 1947-1956
The significance of Suez and ‘Europe’ for retaining empire
The role and nature of independence movements in British overseas territories
British attitudes towards empire, 1945-1970.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is open to all with an interest in the subject. No prior knowledge is required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course is a mix of tutor presentation and discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Pen and paper for any optional note taking.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HBH08 19th Century Britain and Empire.

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Course Code: HBH10

Tue, day, 07 Apr - 07 Apr '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £35.00
Senior fee: £28.00
Concession: £18.00

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