The Last Colonies

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 13, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 335 pages
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This book is about the last colonies, those remaining territories formally dependent on metropolitan powers. It discusses the surprisingly large number of these territories, mainly small isolated islands with limited resources. Yet these places are not as obscure as might be expected. They may be major tourist destinations, military bases, satellite tracking stations, tax havens or desolate, sparsely populated spots that can become international flash-points, such as the Falklands. The authors find that at a time of escalating nationalism and globalisation, these remnants of empire provide insights into the meanings of political economic, legal and cultural independence, as well as sovereignty and nationhood. This book provides a broad-based and provocative discussion of colonialism and interdependence in the modern world, from a unique and original perspective.

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1 The Legacy of Empire
2 Constitutional Issues
3 The Economic Transition
4 The Quest for Independence?
5 Military Bases Geopolitical Concerns
6 Disputed Territories Colonial Conflicts
7 The End of Empire?
Profiles of Overseas Territories

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John Connell is a professor of geography at the University of Sydney and a writer. He is the co-author, with Chris Gibson, of Outback Elvis: The story of a festival, its fans & a town called Parkes (2017). Their other books include Music Festivals and Regional Development in Australia (2014), Festival Places (2011), Music and Tourism: On the Road Again (2005) and Sound Tracks: Popular Music, Identity and Place (2003).

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