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Collection Level Description: 'End of Empire' transcripts

Reference: MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 527
Title: 'End of Empire' transcripts
Dates of Creation: 1985
Extent: 36 volumes
Physical Description: The papers have been bound in 36 dark blue cloth-bound volumes.
Name of Creator: Granada Television

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

End of Empire was a series of 14 programmes transmitted on Channel Four, 15th April-15th July 1985, which used a series of interviews to chart the events leading to Great Britain's withdrawal from an imperial role in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Scope and Content

Xerox copies of transcripts of filmed interviews with contributors, 1985, including material not present in the edited versions, but not including transcripts relating to the loss of Aden; related papers, including 'research interviews' relating to Malaya, shotlists (itemised lists of footage) and press releases, 1985.

System of Arrangement

The material is arranged alphabetically by country rather than in original order of broadcast, then alphabetically by name of interviewee.

Administrative Information

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/admissions/.

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

Listed as no. 579 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996). A handlist is also available in the library reading room.

Publication Note

Passages from the interviews were used in Last post. the end of empire in the Far East by John Keay (London, John Murray, 1997; [New York], Scribner, 1997).

Access Points

Great Britain | Colonies | History

Mandates | Palestine

India | History | 20th century

India | History | Partition, 1947

Malaysia | History | 20th century

Iran | History | 20th century

Egypt | History | 20th century

Singapore | History | 20th century

Cyprus | History | British rule, 1878-1960

Ghana | History | To 1957

Kenya | History | 1895-1963

Malawi | History | 1953-1964

Zambia | History | 1953-1964

Zimbabwe | History | 20th century

Autonomy and independence movements | History | 20th century

Decolonization | Great Britain | Colonies | History | 20th century


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