John Hargreaves examines how the British, French, Belgian, Spanish and Portuguese colonies in tropical Africa became independent in the postwar years, and in doing so transformed the international landscape. African demands for independence and colonial plans for reform - central to the story - are seen here in the wider context of changing international relationships.
"…Laid out in clearly signposted chapters, dense with information yet enlivened with shrewd comment and the telling phrase, this is an admirable introduction to a big subject. It fulfils the object of the series by 'drawing on the latest fruits of scholarship' and itself makes a contribution to scholarship; in doing so this book deserves a readership beyond the student market for which it is primarily intended.'"
A. J Stockwell, African Affairs
"undoubtedly the best attempt yet to get to grips with this complex topic"
Richard Rathbone, English Historical Review
Introduction. 1. Conditions of Tranquillity in Black Africa. 2. Forces of Change in the 1930s. 3. War and the African Empires 1939 - 1945. 4. The Mobilization of African Discontents. 5. Colonial Reforms and Imperial Strategies. 6. Growing Hopes of Independence. 7. Recalculations in the 1950s. 8. The End of the Affair. 9. Retrospect, 1995.
Decolonization and Cold War: An Outline Chronology. Bibliographical Essay. Maps. Index.