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Imperialism at Bay: The United States and the Decolonialization of the British Empire, 1941-1945
Imperialism at Bay: The United States and the Decolonialization of the British Empire, 1941-1945
By William Roger Louis
Oxford University Press, 1978, 594 pp
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For a generation, historians have written as if the conflict between the U.S. and the Soviet Union was the only significant consequence of World War II. But the years 1941-1945 also witnessed the highwater mark and rapid recession of British and other white control in Africa and Asia. Those who wish to give the phenomenon of decolonialization the consideration it deserves must begin with this clear and learned study, the best book by a prolific historian of imperial decline.