Losing an empire, winning friends? British military training assistance to Commonwealth states during decolonization

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Research seminar

SpeakerProf. Sarah STOCKWELL, King's College London

Chair: Prof. Véronique DIMIER, ULB-REPI

Date & Time: Monday December 11th 2017, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: IEE-ULB 39 avenue F. D. Roosevelt, 1050 Bruxelles (Kant room)

Abstract: This lecture explores Britain’s role in developing institutions in emergent states at the end of empire through a case study of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Sarah Stockwell will discuss how in the 1950s growing numbers of cadets from British colonies and from new Commonwealth states were given places at Sandhurst to train as officer cadets. At one level the admission of so many overseas cadets from decolonizing states in the era of the Cold War represented a success for Britain. Nevertheless, Sarah Stockwell will argue that the history of British military training assistance to new states highlights some of the difficulties for Britain of substituting influence for rule at the end of empire and of adjusting to a new post-colonial world. The admission of overseas cadets became a regular feature of Sandhurst with many ex-colonies sending cadets to Sandhurst for decades to come.

BioSarah Stockwell is Professor of Imperial and Commonwealth History at King’s College London. Her books include The Business of Decolonization (2000), an edited history, The British Empire. Themes and Perspectives (2008) and, with L.J. Butler eds., The Wind of Change. Harold Macmillan and British Decolonization (2013). Her latest book, The British End of the British Empire, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.

Online registration required by December 8   here

(Sandwich lunch provided to those who have signed up)

Contact & information: repi@ulb.ac.be