Duncan Sandys and the Informal Politics of Britain’s Late Decolonisation

  • Peter Brooke

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Peter Brooke
    Pages 1-13
  3. Peter Brooke
    Pages 49-119
  4. Peter Brooke
    Pages 121-142
  5. Peter Brooke
    Pages 237-248
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 249-271

About this book


This book throws new light on the impact of informal ‘old boy’ networks on British decolonisation. Duncan Sandys was one of the leading Conservative politicians of the middle decades of twentieth-century Britain.  He was also a key figure in the Harold Macmillan’s ‘Winds of Change’ policy of decolonisation, serving as Secretary for the Colonies and Commonwealth Relations from 1960 to 1964. When he lost office he fought strenuously to undermine the new Labour Government’s attempts to accelerate colonial withdrawal and improve race relations in Britain. Sandys developed important private business interests in Africa and intervened personally through both public and official channels on the question of Rhodesia, Commonwealth immigration and the ‘East of Suez’ withdrawal in the late 1960s. This book will appeal to students of decolonisation and twentieth-century British politics alike.


British Empire Conservative Colonies Commonwealth Europe Decolonisation Politics 1960s Great Power Immigration Enoch Powell Winston Churchill Duncan Sandys

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Brooke
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of HistoryUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-65159-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-65160-6
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