Banquo's ghost: Lord Salisbury, Harold Macmillan, and the high politics of decolonization, 1957-1963

Ball, S.J. (2005) Banquo's ghost: Lord Salisbury, Harold Macmillan, and the high politics of decolonization, 1957-1963. Twentieth-Century British History, 16(1), pp. 74-102. (doi:10.1093/tcbh/hwi007)

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Abstract

This article reconstructs the bitter political argument between Lord Salisbury and Harold Macmillan over decolonization. In order to do so it makes extensive use of their private papers. It describes their view of each other and their political manoeuvres. The article argues that Macmillan and Salisbury themselves were so obsessed by their conflict that it dominated much of the prime minister's thinking on the empire throughout his premiership. The obsessive nature of the struggle was a result of genuine ideological differences but took on its particular character because the two principals had known each since their schooldays. The account contends that a political contest between intimates can best be understood through the lens of ‘intimate history’.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ball, Professor Simon
Authors: Ball, S.J.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Twentieth-Century British History
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0955-2359
ISSN (Online):1477-4674

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