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From Mountbatten to Patten: the last proconsuls and the ending of the British Empire

April 24th, 2009

Episode 91 of 474 episodes

After the Second World War, the role of governors in Britain's overseas territories changed. This talk examines the colourful personalities and mixed fortunes of these proconsuls, and argues that, in spite of their declining power and authority, they performed a key role in managing imperial retreat.