Imperialism on Trial: International Oversight of Colonial Rule in Historical Perspective

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R. M. Douglas, Michael Dennis Callahan, Elizabeth Bishop
Lexington Books, 2006 - History - 184 pages
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The creation of the League of Nations Permanent Mandates Commission (PMC) at the close of the First World War, and its successor, the United Nations Trusteeship Council (TC), following the Second, were watersheds in the history of modern imperialism. For the first time, the international community had asserted that the well-being of colonial peoples was not merely the private concern of metropolitan states, but a shared responsibility of humankind that transcended national boundaries. Editors R.M. Douglas, Michael D. Callahan, and Elizabeth Bishop have assembled a wide array of scholars to assess the relative weight to be placed on international influence in the process of decolonization. Imperialism on Trial reveals, across a broad cross-section of geographical and political settings, the operation of the complicated and often conflicted dynamic between the national and international dimensions of colonialism in its final and most historically consequential phase.
 

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Contents

Mandated Territories Are Not Colonies Britain France and Africa in the 1930s
1
A Question of Trust The Government of India the League of Nations and Mohandas Gandhi
21
Economic Imperialism in the Palestine Mandate
45
Japans Retention of the South Seas Mandate 19221947
61
Black Powerlessness in a Liberal Era The NAACP AntiColonialism and the United Nations Organization 19421945
85
A Higher Stage of Imperialism? The Big Three the UN Trusteeship Council and the Early Cold War
111
An Offer They Couldnt Refuse The British Left Colonies and International Trusteeship 19401951
139
Appendix
167
Index
175
About the Contributors
183
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R. M. Douglas is Associate Professor of History at Colgate University. Michael D. Callahan is Associate Professor of History at Kettering University. Elizabeth Bishop teaches Middle Eastern history at the University of Texas at Austin.

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