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Alan Lennox Boyd served as Colonial Secretary from 1954 to 1959, a decisive period in the history of British decolonization. An imposing figure both in terms of his place within Conservative Party history and his influence on imperial history, he represented a particular trend within the party, flirting with fascism and holding the Empire in high regard. He gained a reputation as an impediment to constitutional reform in the colonies, yet during his period of office he played a key role in a number of major decisions, including the decolonization of Cyprus. Tracing the development of Lennox Boyd's highly idiosyncratic brand of right-wing politics, this biography presents a portrait of a complex man and an interpretation of British colonial policy at this time. It also provides a reminder of how vital colonial issues were in British politics until as late as the 1970s.
The Routledge International Handbook of Psychobiology provides authoritative, cutting-edge research across the range of areas that fall under the umbrella of psychobiology. The handbook comprises 30 chapters which are organized into seven sections: the physical environment; how psychobiological processes regulate how we respond and cope; stress and anxiety; managing and enhancing mood and cognition; substance use and misuse; sleep; and psychobiology and human development. Each of the chapters is authored by experienced and active researchers in their field who provide authoritative reviews of the latest developments in psychobiology. It is essential reading for both established researchers in the field of psychobiology, as well as advanced students wishing to learn more about both the historical foundations and latest developments in this rapidly growing field.
In the wake of Brexit, the Commonwealth has been identified as an important body for future British trade and diplomacy, but few know what it actually does. How is it organised and what has held it together for so long? How important is the Queen's role as Head of the Commonwealth? Most importantly, why has it had such a troubled recent past, and is it realistic to imagine that its fortunes might be reversed? In The Empire's New Clothes, Murphy strips away the gilded self-image of the Commonwealth to reveal an irrelevant institution afflicted by imperial amnesia. He offers a personal perspective on this complex and poorly understood institution, and asks if it can ever escape from the shadow of the British Empire to become an organisation based on shared values, rather than a shared history.