Introduction to ‘Gone with the Wind? - Macmillan’s Speech for Change

 

By the end of the Second World War (1939-45) Britain had been depleted of its financial resources as well as its labour force. It therefore found itself not only unable to continue to directly control the overseas territories it had colonized but it was also unable to rebuild its infra-structure without support from these territories.  America emerged as a new global Super Power while communism spread across the Soviet Union and into Eastern Europe. This ‘cold war’ brought a shift in power as Britain found itself in a position where it could only make one decision while its colonies (especially across Africa) had the right to choose…

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