Based on previously unpublished Colonial Office Records, this volume provides a fascinating insight into Malta's journey to independence from direct British rule. Despite its small size and economic vulnerability, Malta played a central role in British policy-making at the end of empire, something which the existing literature on British decolonisation has not always adequately reflected. Malta's unique position as the only dependency seriously to be considered for integration into the United Kingdom of itself merits scholarly attention. Starting with the restoration of responsible government in the aftermath of the Second World War, the volume examines the malfunctioning of post-war 'dyarchy' for which integration was intended to provide a cure and covers the period of 'informal empire' beyond formal constitutional separation in 1964. The difficulty of reconciling Malta's desire for political independence with the reality of continuing financial dependence on Britain is a recurrent theme in the period covered by the volume.
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