The Last Colonies

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 13, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 335 pages
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This comprehensive and authoritative 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, underpopulated spots that can become international flashpoints, such as the Falklands. The authors find that at a time of escalating nationalism and globalization, 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 perspective.
 

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Contents

1 The Legacy of Empire
1
2 Constitutional Issues
16
3 The Economic Transition
60
4 The Quest for Independence?
113
5 Military Bases Geopolitical Concerns
169
6 Disputed Territories Colonial Conflicts
196
7 The End of Empire?
235
Profiles of Overseas Territories
252
Notes
286
Index
324
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