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Alan Lennox Boyd

A Biography

By (author) Philip Murphy
Format: Hardback
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd., London, United Kingdom
Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Published: 31st Dec 1999
Dimensions: w 161mm h 240mm d 25mm
Weight: 636g
ISBN-10: 1860644066
ISBN-13: 9781860644061
Barcode No: 9781860644061
Synopsis
Alan Lennox Boyd served as Colonial Secretary from 1954 to 1959, a decisive period in the history of British decolonization. An imposing figure both in terms of his place within Conservative Party history and his influence on imperial history, he represented a particular trend within the party, flirting with fascism and holding the Empire in high regard. He gained a reputation as an impediment to constitutional reform in the colonies, yet during his period of office he played a key role in a number of major decisions, including the decolonization of Cyprus. Tracing the development of Lennox Boyd's highly idiosyncratic brand of right-wing politics, this biography presents a portrait of a complex man and an interpretation of British colonial policy at this time. It also provides a reminder of how vital colonial issues were in British politics until as late as the 1970s.

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