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Report from the South African Cape Times newspaper on the Statute of Westminster, 1931
(Catalogue ref: DO 119/1019)
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Catalogue ref: DO 119/1019; South African news report on the Statute of Westminster, 1931
How to use this source
1 Study this source carefully. Ask yourself whether the source supports or contradicts the view that:
  • The British left as soon as the people wanted them to
  • The British left because of the actions of important individuals
  • The British were forced out by peaceful political protests
  • The British were forced out by armed resistance
  • The British wanted to leave because the area was causing them problems
  • The British left because they felt the country was ready to rule itself democratically
2 If you were an admirer of the British empire, explain whether you would be able to use this source to support your viewpoint.

3 If you were a critic of the British empire, explain whether you would be able to use this source to support your viewpoint.

4 What impression do you get of the attitude in South Africa towards Britain?
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