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‘No Power on Earth can Remove his Liability’: Emperor Haile Selassie and the Foreign Office, a Documentary Essay

Macklin, Graham (2007) ‘No Power on Earth can Remove his Liability’: Emperor Haile Selassie and the Foreign Office, a Documentary Essay. Immigrants & Minorities, 25 (1). pp. 73-93. ISSN 0261-9288

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Abstract

Using the newly released unregistered files of the Foreign Office Permanent Under Secretary's Department (PUSD) Macklin's documentary article examines an interesting, if somewhat arcane, ‘missing dimension’ in the history of Abyssinian Emperor Ras Tafari Makonnen, more commonly known as Haile Selassie, and his covert financial relationship with the British government following his exile to Britain in 1936 after the conquest of his country by Mussolini's Fascists, until his return in 1941. By examining how the Foreign Office employed covert politics in order to obviate disruption to its ‘official’ diplomatic strategy Macklin examines how the British government set about ‘neutralising’ the Emperor's diplomatically awkward presence in England in their pursuit of rapprochement with Mussolini through which to drive a wedge between Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DG Italy
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2012 14:40
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2012 14:40
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/13835

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