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Britain and the World
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Nigeria and the Death of Liberal England

Palm Nuts and Prime Ministers, 1914-1916

Authors: Yearwood, Peter J.

  • Explores the role of Nigeria-British trade in the political crisis which brought down the Liberal-dominated Asquith coalition and replaced it with the Conservative-dominated Lloyd George coalition
  • Explains why the Nigerian palm kernel trade had far-reaching political repercussions in Great Britain during the First World War
  • Offers the first detailed history of the palm kernel industry and export economy in Nigeria
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This book shows how a stormy parliamentary debate over the sale of German properties in Nigeria on 8 November 1916 began the process which brought down Asquith and made Lloyd George prime minister. The colonial secretary, Bonar Law, who was also leader of the Conservative Party, wanted neutral firms to bid. Usually presented as a policy imposed on him by doctrinaire Liberal free-traders, it was in fact that of the colonial government, which hoped that encouraging foreign competition would prevent the Nigerian export economy becoming controlled by a ring of mainly Liverpool firms. Seeing itself as the defender of Nigerian interests, the Colonial Office endorsed this. The large British companies got up an agitation, which was taken over by Sir Edward Carson, the one significant opposition politician, as part of his attack on supposed German influence in high places. Law counter-attacked by arguing that a supposedly patriotic cause masked the greed of an emergent cartel. He succeeded because smaller British and African firms, trying to break into the now profitable produce export trade, had already painted that picture. By defeating Carson in the debate, Law became again an effective party leader, who hoped to re-invigorate the coalition, but instead found himself working with Lloyd George to sideline Asquith. Based on underused sources, and overturning established interpretations, the book situates the debate within the context of the development of the Nigerian economy, the conflicts between the major firms, the role of oils and fats in wartime, and the emergence of Nigerian nationalism.

About the authors

Peter J. Yearwood is Leader of the History, Gender Studies, and Philosophy Strand at the University of Papua New Guinea, and Joint Editor of the South Pacific Journal of Philosophy and Culture. He is the author of Guarantee of Peace, The League of Nations in British Politics 1914-1925 (2009).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Yearwood, Peter J.

    Pages 1-10

  • 1914, Nigeria and the World Economy

    Yearwood, Peter J.

    Pages 11-51

  • The Impact of War

    Yearwood, Peter J.

    Pages 53-96

  • Lugard, the Colonial Office and the Politics of Crushing

    Yearwood, Peter J.

    Pages 97-130

  • The Colonial Office, the Ministry of Munitions, and the Shippers

    Yearwood, Peter J.

    Pages 131-163

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eBook £63.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-90566-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90565-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nigeria and the Death of Liberal England
Book Subtitle
Palm Nuts and Prime Ministers, 1914-1916
Authors
Series Title
Britain and the World
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90566-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90566-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90565-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 302
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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