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British government policy and diplomacy in Southern Rhodesia, 1979-1980.

Brailsford, Jack (2016) British government policy and diplomacy in Southern Rhodesia, 1979-1980. MA by research thesis, University of York.

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Abstract

This thesis focuses on the use of policy and diplomacy by the British government in Southern Rhodesia during 1979-1980. In particular, the necessity of combining short-term flexibility and contingency alongside long-term policy planning during this period will be explored. In order to do so, this thesis uses documents from the British National Archives, in particular files from the Prime Minister's Office (PREM) and the Cabinet Office (CAB). These documents, released in 2011, allow for a close examination of the issues faced by the British government in achieving long term goals whilst circumventing short term crises. This is due to their thorough documentation of high-level political decisions within the British government and their chronological approach, which offers an insight into the ways in which priorities and alliances shifted over time. This work will contribute to the existing material and knowledge on the subject due to its ability to use these recently released documents, which provide a more in-depth insight into high level British government political decisions on Rhodesia than had previously been available. By utilising these within a chronological approach, this work aims to show the development of long-term British government policy in Rhodesia and the ways in which emerging crises and changing relationships affected this.

Item Type: Thesis (MA by research)
Academic Units: The University of York > History (York)
Depositing User: Mr Jack Brailsford
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2017 14:54
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 14:54
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/17715

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