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The British Press, Public Opinion and the End of Empire in Africa

The 'Wind of Change', 1957-60

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Explores the role of British newspaper coverage of Africa during decolonisation

  • Draws from British newspapers, official government documents, memoirs, and articles in African and white settler papers

  • Shows how nationalists, activists and politicians sought to influence British press content in Africa

Part of the book series: Britain and the World (BAW)

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About this book

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. 


Keywords

  • Nationalism
  • Postcolonialism
  • Media history
  • Transnational
  • Cartoons
  • Articles
  • White settler press
  • African press
  • Journalists
  • British foreign policy
  • Commonwealth

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

    Rosalind Coffey

About the author

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. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The British Press, Public Opinion and the End of Empire in Africa

  • Book Subtitle: The 'Wind of Change', 1957-60

  • Authors: Rosalind Coffey

  • Series Title: Britain and the World

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-89456-6

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-89455-9

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-89456-6

  • Series ISSN: 2947-7182

  • Series E-ISSN: 2947-7190

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 291

  • Topics: Imperialism and Colonialism, African History, History of Britain and Ireland, Journalism

Buying options

eBook
USD 89.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-030-89456-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)