chapter  1
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Imperial Policy and the Development of East Africa 1918–21

The previous chapter concluded with an account of the failure to implement after the war the ‘economics of siege’ proposals for colonial development. No commitments were made by the Imperial government to accelerate the development of the Colonial Empire in the interests of the British economy. The Colonial Office disregarded such grandiose schemes and instead focused their attention in traditional fashion on the needs of financially vulnerable territories. Hence the significance of the case studies examined in this chapter: colonial development policy reverted to its pre-war pattern.