Thu, February 19, 2009 • 3:00 PM • J.A.R. Moseley Room, HRC 3.204
The British phrase 'transfer of power' conveys the impression of an orderly and smooth transition from colonies to new nations possessing sovereign independence. In fact the liquidation of the British Empire was often violent, creating states that were sometimes not only unstable but also unviable. How does the balance sheet look if freed from teleological assumptions such as progress into freely associated states known as the Commonwealth?
David Cannadine's books include The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy.