Imperial Endgame: Britain's Dirty Wars and the End of Empire by Benjamin Grob-Fitzgibbon

By Benjamin Grob-Fitzgibbon

The tale of the British Empire within the 20th century is one in all decline, disarray, and despondency. Or so we've been instructed. during this clean and arguable account of Britain's finish of empire, Benjamin Grob-Fitzgibbon rejects this consensus, exhibiting as a substitute that during the years 1945-1960 the British govt built a profitable imperial method according to devolving energy to indigenous peoples in the Commonwealth. This technique used to be calculated to permit decolonization to take place on British phrases instead of these of the indigenous populations, and therefore to maintain those soon-to-be former colonies in the British and Western spheres of effect in the course of the chilly warfare. to accomplish this new kind of casual liberal imperialism, in spite of the fact that, the govt. needed to depend upon using intolerant soiled wars. Spanning the globe from Palestine to Malaya, Kenya to Cyprus, those soiled wars represented Britain's real imperial endgame.

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Nevertheless, MI5 was 31 Imperial Endgame through undisclosed methods continuing to watch the main Jewish-Palestinian suspects in the United States. 79 Two days after Petrie wrote to Giles, MI5’s A. J. Kellar sent a telegram to Christopher Eastwood at the colonial office, informing him that an agent of the Defence Security Office (DSO), the local MI5 station in Cairo, had been murdered on August 20. The agent, Joseph Davidesca, was the man primarily responsible for the capture of Joseph Sytner in Egypt (Lord Moyne’s murderer).

95 Cunningham’s words seemed to strike the right cord and rioting in the city ceased. On November 20, the high commissioner lifted the curfew and the army battalions returned to their camps. Operation Bellicose was over. To the extent that such serious rioting would never occur again in the subsequent three years of British rule, Bellicose was a success. However, Palestine as a whole was anything but quiet. On November 23, just three days after Cunningham lifted the curfew in Tel Aviv, Jewish militants stole two truckloads of explosives from an RAF base.

C. D’Arcy. The GOC also had control over the Palestine police, providing absolute coordination in security matters, although on a day-to-day basis the police were commanded by their inspector general, in 1945, Captain J. M. Rymer Jones. The police force numbered about 20,000 men and was divided into six police districts. Various intelligence agencies then supported the police and the army, with MI5 playing the lead role. 88 Further operations were delayed by a change in the civilian leadership, however.

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