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An Unexpected Journey: Life in the Colonies at Empire's End: A Woman's Role

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From diaries kept at the time, the author Margaret Reardon, writes about her life abroad from when she first joined her husband i... Lire la suite
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From diaries kept at the time, the author Margaret Reardon, writes about her life abroad from when she first joined her husband in Eritrea on his posting with the British Army of Occupation. Travelling into some distant, challenging and at times dangerous regions of the world during episodes of political unrest; these autobiographical memoirs follow her role in the process of supporting and preparing the population of several countries on the eve of their formation of independence from British Colonies (Tanganyika, Bechuanaland, Gilbert & Ellice Islands, and Turks & Caicos Islands).



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Travelling into some distant, challenging and at times dangerous regions of the world during episodes of political unrest, these autobiographical memoirs from diaries written at the time follow the author's role in the process of preparing and supporting the population of several countries on the eve of their formation of independence.


The details of the conditions and worries of the local population during the period of Military Occupation and Administration in Eritrea are fascinating, as is the author and her husband's adaptation to this new way of life after their time in the services during WWII. It forms an intriguing insight into the author's role as she accompanied her husband on his ascension through the ranks of the Colonial Service in Africa, in Tanganyika and Bechuanaland, where he ultimately worked at a senior level with the newly independent Botswana government.They were then posted to the Western Pacific, Gilbert and Ellice Islands or Kiribati and Tuvalu as they are now known, and the Caribbean Islands of Turks & Caicos.


The way in which she made a difference to those less fortunate than herself and sought to improve the lives of local peoples and particularly the women and children she came into contact with, is inspirational. Her voluntary work was often supportive in nature, whether this was instigating the provision of education for young Moslem girls, working in clinics or schools, or informing and supporting mothers with malnourished or sick infants. She also helped to give purpose through craft work to female prison inmates, gave employment and support to prisoners leaving gaol, and was generally aware and willing to assist anyone who might need her support. In this way, the author and her husband were well matched and clearly made a formidable team.


Each new location brought rewards and challenges and her approach to these, sprinkled with humour, makes for some entertaining reading.


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Titre: An Unexpected Journey: Life in the Colonies at Empire's End: A Woman's Role
Sous-titre: Life in the Colonies at Empire's End: A Woman's Role
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Code EAN: 9780993401008
ISBN: 978-0-9934010-0-8
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Lightning Source Inc
Genre: Sciences politiques
nombre de pages: 354
Poids: 679g
Taille: H210mm x B148mm x T22mm
Année: 2015