In this seminar, we will examine the conclusions and recommendations of the West India Royal Commission of 1938-39 – otherwise known as the Moyne Commission after its chair, Walter Guinness, 1st Baron Moyne - which was set up in response to the social and political unrest across British Caribbean in the 1930s.
- introduce and contextualise the Moyne Commission;
- set out what the Commission identified as the 'problem of the West Indies' and explain the origins of this 'problem'.
- According to the Moyne Commission, what is the 'problem of the West Indies'. What were the origins of this 'problem'?
- What solutions did the Moyne Commission propose and what was not considered?
- What institutions, organisations and social groups did the Moyne Commission draw on for its evidence? Who was excluded?
Fraser, Cary, 'The twilight of colonial rule in the British West Indies: Nationalist assertion vs. imperial hubris in the 1930s', The Journal of Caribbean History, 30 (1996), pp. 1-27.
Part V, 'Conclusions and recommendations' in Great Britain, [Report of] West India Royal Commission (1938-1939)
Green, Cecilia A., 'The 1938-1939 Moyne Commission in Barbados: investigating the status of children', Atlantic Studies: Global Currents, 11 (2014), pp. 515-535.
Great Britain, 'Statement of policy on colonial development and welfare', presented by the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Feburary 1940.
Great Britain, 'Statement of action taken on the recommendations [of the] West India Royal Commission (1938-1939)', presented by the Secretary of State for the Colonies, June 1945.