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date: 26 May 2019

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This chapter scrutinizes the ways in which corporations with substantial colonial interests both anticipated and reacted to decolonization. In particular, it focuses on patterns of co-operation with post-colonial governments and the strategies of commercial diversification adopted in order to conserve regional stakes in emerging economies. Temporarily exhilarated by the Second Colonial Occupation as European imperial regimes refortified the siege economies of the 1930s and the Second World War, big business was soon to be alienated by the big government of the new imperialism in combination with the struggle over resources which exposed the impossibility of reconciling European privilege with non-European entitlement.

Keywords: business, economics, finance, decolonization, investment, diversification, empire, imperialism

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