Dr Rosalind Coffey’
s doctoral thesis is entitled ‘The British Press, British Public Opinion and the End of Empire in Africa, 1957-60’. It was examined in mid-November 2015. The project was supervised by Dr Joanna Lewis and examined by Professor Philip Murphy, the Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, and Dr Simon Potter, Reader in Modern History at the University of Bristol. The thesis examines the relation between British newspaper coverage of Africa and the process of decolonisation. It is the first broad study of the role of the British press in, and in relation to, Africa at the end of empire and spans three regions. It underscores the significance of British newspapers, journalists and editors. Further, the thesis offers a reassessment of the view that the broader British low political and cultural context to the end of empire was extraneous to the process; and presents a ‘different’ (non-official) history of decolonisation as seen through the eyes of the press.
Rosie’s first article will be published in November/December 2015 in the Journal of Southern African Studies
and is entitled ‘“Does the Daily Paper rule Britannia”: British Press Coverage of a Malawi Youth League Demonstration in Blantyre, Nyasaland, in January 1960’. Her doctoral thesis will be available in LSE Theses Online
over the coming weeks.
This academic year Rosie is teaching in the International History Department at the LSE on the course entitled ‘From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century’, and on ‘LSE100’, whilst endeavouring to turn her doctoral thesis into a monograph. In 2014, Rosie won the LSE Student Union Student-led Teaching Excellence Award for Excellent Feedback and Communication and shared the International History Department’s Martin Abel Gonzalez Prize for graduate teaching assistants.