Taking colonial policy towards West Africa as a case study, Butler shows that, during the 1940s, the Colonial Office evolved a policy of encouraging colonial industry as part of a broad programme of development intended to prepare colonies for independence.
The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History- "The book is a valuable addition to the growing list of detailed studies of British colonial policy in this policy in this period and will have to be read by al specialists in this field."
Source unknown - reveiwed by J.E.Weaver, Associate Professor of Economics, Drake University
"It is not appropriate to see this book as settling the debate on the attitude of the British government about industrialisation in its colonies. It does provide valuable insight into the process of determining colonial policy."
CBH - "In the final analysis, this important study suggests that what did or did not happen economically to British colonies in this period owed little to the Colonial office."
English Historical Review - "..meticulously researched…The historical accounts are interesting and informative, and the use of interviews is impressive."
Labour History- " It…provides valuable insight into the process of determining colonial policy"
History- " A concise conclusion, a helpful alphabetical listing of key players, and a competent bibliography complete this relevant contribution to British colonial history