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Title:Britain and the foundation of anti-communist policies in Nigeria, 1945-1960
Author:Tijani, Hakeem IbikunleISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:African and Asian Studies
Volume:8
Issue:1-2
Pages:47-66
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Great Britain
Subjects:communism
colonial policy
decolonization
1940-1949
1950-1959
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/156921009X413153
Abstract:The historiography of Nigeria's transition to independence is incomplete without examining various measures against leftist activities by British officials and their Nigerian 'agents'. Devolution in Nigeria, as in many colonies where the potent mix of radical nationalism and communism was common, was followed by official and unofficial anti-communist measures. Anti-communist policies evolved partly because of global Cold War politics, colonial disorder, leftist nationalists, increasing communist literature, and the increasing Soviet Union interest in nationalist struggles during the years preceding independence. While it is generally noted that the context of Britain's anti-Communist policies is much broader, scholars have not fully analysed events, issues, and personalities involved in many colonies. The success of anti-communism was central to postcolonial relations between Nigeria and Britain (including its strong ally - the United States of America). Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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