Fri, October 26, 2007 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea rooms, HRC 3.206
This lecture will discuss the approach to the dissolution of the British Empire taken by Harold Macmillan, the Prime Minister who held office during the critical era of decolonization. The theme will be the way in which Britain transformed the empire in South East Asia in the 1960s by helping to create the new state of Malaysia. The talk will also bring to light new evidence concerning British nuclear weapons in the Far East as well as the circumstances of closing the great Singapore naval basMatthew Jones received his D.Phil at St Antony's College, Oxford, and is now Professor of American foreign relations at the Nottingham University. He is the author of Britain, the United States, and the Mediterranean War, 1942-44 (Macmillan, 1996), and Conflict and Confrontation in South East Asia, 1961-1965: Britain, the United States, Indonesia, and the Creation of Malaysia (Cambridge University Press, 2002).