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The handover of Hong Kong to China focused attention on the colonies that remain in what is supposed to be a postcolonial world. This paradox lies at the heart of this comprehensive and authoritative book, which 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. The Last Colonies provides a broad-based and provocative discussion of decolonization, and interdependence in the modern world, from a unique and original perspective.Read more
- An extended treatment in book form of many of the individual colonies covered - Bermuda, French, Polynesia, Gibralter, Greenland, Macao, Puerto Rico
- Interdisciplinary approach combining history, geography, economics, political science, international relations
- Unique interpretation of decolonization and nationalism
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"Aldrich and Connell's fine book is a badly needed authoritative work on colonies that still exist in the age of postcolonialism." ChoiceSee more reviews
"The Last Colonies is informative and interesting, in part because the book is clearly written and aptly organized." Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism
"...[A] valuable and wide ranging work...likely important source of reference as well provocative argument for a long time to come." Andrew Porter, Journal Of World History
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- Date Published: July 1998
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521414616
- length: 352 pages
- dimensions: 230 x 160 x 33 mm
- weight: 0.69kg
- contains: 2 maps 4 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of maps and tables
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?
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