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Britain and Africa Under Blair: In Pursuit of the Good State

Julia Gallagher


Africa was a key focus of Britain's foreign policy under Tony Blair. Military intervention in Sierra Leone, increases in aid and debt relief, and grand initiatives such as the Commission for Africa established the continent as a place in which Britain could ‘do good’. This book critically explores Britain's fascination with Africa. It argues that, under New Labour, Africa represented an area of policy which appeared to transcend politics. Gradually, it came to embody an ideal state activity around which politicians, officials and the wider public could coalesce, leaving behind more contentious ... More

Keywords: Africa, Britain, foreign policy, Tony Blair, military intervention, Sierra Leone, debt relief, New Labour, international relations, political communities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719085000
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085000.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia Gallagher, author