South Africa, the Colonial Powers and African Defence: The Rise and Fall of the White Entente, 1948-60

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Describing the fate of South Africa's drive, which began in 1949, to associate itself with Britain, France, Portugal and Belgium in an African defence pact, this book describes how South Africa had to settle for an entente rather than an alliance, and how even this had been greatly emasculated by 1960. In light of this case, the book considers the argument that ententes have the advantages of alliances without their disadvantages and concludes that this is exaggerated. There is also discussion of the background to the fourth secret Simonstown Agreement. Other books by the author include The Politics of the South Africa Run: European Shipping and Pretoria , Return to the UN and International Politics .