Fostering independence


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History Today
Vol. 63, no. 8 (August 2013), p. 11-26


Large numbers of West Africans came to Britain to study in the post war years, eager to acquire the skills needed by their newly sovreign countries. Many placed their children in the care of white, working class families. Jordanna Bailkin describes how it was not just Britain's diplomatic relationships that were transformed at the end of empire but also social and personal ones