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African Histories and Modernities

Whitehall and the Black Republic

A Study of Colonial Britain's Attitude Towards Liberia, 1914–1939

Authors: Pal Chaudhuri, Jyotirmoy

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  • Presents the first in-depth study of Anglo-Liberian relations from the early twentieth century to the eve of World War II
  • Draws upon an array of government archives, journalism from the period, and secondary sources
  • Appeals to scholars of Liberian history, African history, diplomatic history, colonial and imperial studies, and twentieth-century global history
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About this book

This book examines the history of the relationship between Liberia and Britain—the world’s first black republic, founded by former slaves, and the world’s strongest colonial power. Jyotirmoy Pal Chaudhuri excavates a wealth of archival sources to reconstruct a turbulent narrative spanning key points in twentieth-century Liberian history. Pal Chaudhuri argues that the Black Republic was never a serious item on the British agenda for constructive action in West Africa, as seen in the repeated failure of their concessionaires, their interference with the Firestone rubber project, and their efforts to have Liberia expelled from the League of Nations. Untangling the conflicts and contradictions between Britain’s colonial interests and humanitarian ideals, Whitehall and the Black Republic is a long overdue contribution to the history of Liberia and the British Empire.

About the authors

Jyotirmoy Pal Chaudhuri is the author of numerous articles on African history and Liberian history. He is a former professor and history department chair at the University of Liberia and Cuttington University, Liberia, as well as the John Cadbury Fellow at the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham, England. 

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“Few scholars have published such meticulous research on Liberian history in book form. Jyotirmoy Pal Chaudhuri has crafted a serious account of a turbulent period when internal demands for incorporation were enmeshed in the politics and diplomacy of colonial imperialism, bringing to the fore a critical mass of modern-educated indigenous Liberians who were conscious of their marginalization and prepared to assert their rights within the ambit of the fledgling Liberian state. A singular contribution to the history of Liberia.” (Elwood Dunn, Alfred Walter Negley Professor Emeritus of Political Science, The University of the South, USA)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-70476-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70475-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-09961-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Whitehall and the Black Republic
Book Subtitle
A Study of Colonial Britain's Attitude Towards Liberia, 1914–1939
Authors
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70476-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70476-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70475-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09961-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 279
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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