• Kevin Hickson


This chapter explores the way in which the Conservative Right’s identity in the period up to WWII was closely associated with the Empire and the strains that this placed on the Conservative Right after 1945 when faced with the reality of imperial decline. The chapter looks at those who sought to defend the continuing relevance of the empire at the time of the Suez Crisis and subsequently in relation to decolonisation in Africa, before examining attempts to forge a post-imperial British identity. Key organisations such as the Suez Group and the Monday Club are examined, alongside Enoch Powell’s evolving political outlook on these issues.

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  • Kevin Hickson
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  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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