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dc.contributor.authorJeppesen, Christopher
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-29T06:07:41Z
dc.date.available2018-09-29T06:07:41Z
dc.date.issued2016-06
dc.identifier.issn0018-246X
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/282890
dc.description.abstract<jats:title>ABSTRACT</jats:title><jats:p>In February 1951, the <jats:italic>Sunday Express</jats:italic> printed a piece extolling the virtues of a Colonial Service career, under the headline: ‘Sanders of the River, Still the Best Job for a British Boy’. This article explores the ideological and practical reasons why Sanders of the River, a character apparently so at odds with the post-Second World War Colonial Service message, continued to hold enough cultural resonance that it was considered appropriate to utilize him as a recruitment tool in 1951. Edgar Wallace's literary creation occupied a defining place in metropolitan understandings of the Colonial Service's work. Yet, by 1951, the ideological aims of the colonial project were changing. Sanders's paternalism had been dismissed in favour of a rhetoric that emphasized partnership and progress. The post-1945 district officer was expected to be a modern administrator, ready to work alongside educated Africans to prepare Britain's colonies for self-government. Exploring both Colonial Office recruitment strategies and recruits’ career motivations, this article situates the often ignored issue of Colonial Service recruitment at the end of empire within a wider cultural context to illuminate why, even as many turned away from careers in empire after 1945, a significant number of young Britons continued to apply.</jats:p>
dc.languageen
dc.publisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
dc.title‘SANDERS OF THE RIVER, STILL THE BEST JOB FOR A BRITISH BOY’; RECRUITMENT TO THE COLONIAL ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE AT THE END OF EMPIRE
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage508
prism.issueIdentifier2
prism.publicationDate2016
prism.publicationNameThe Historical Journal
prism.startingPage469
prism.volume59
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.30253
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1017/s0018246x15000114
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-06
dc.identifier.eissn1469-5103
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.issuedOnline2016-01-12
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2017-01-12


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