Business and Decolonisation in Central Africa Reconsidered

Cohen, Andrew (2008) Business and Decolonisation in Central Africa Reconsidered. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 36 (4). pp. 641-658. ISSN 0308-6534. E-ISSN 1743-9329. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/03086530802561024) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article re-examines the role of the copper mining industry during the decolonisation of central Africa. By focusing on the actions of the Anglo American Corporation, and the Rhodesian Selection Trust’s (RST) American parent company, American Metal Climax (AMAX), it expands on Larry Butler’s recent article and argues that Anglo American continued to support the federal prime minister, Sir Roy Welensky, following their public withdrawal of funding from his governing United Federal Party in May 1959. This marked divergence with RST’s policy of engagement with aspirant African leaders was driven by the company’s close personal links with Welensky as well as geopolitical factors. Furthermore, the influence of RST’s American connections on directing the company’s policy should not be understated. Harold Hochschild, AMAX’s chairman, played a pivotal role in directing RST’s strategy.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: M.R.L. Hurst
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2016 15:15 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2016 15:37 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53804 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Cohen, Andrew: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4525-068X
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