Professor Philip Murphy interviewed on BBC World Service on the Queen’s visit to newly-independent Ghana in 1961

Monday 28 May 2012

Image of Professor Philip Murphy Director of the Institute of Commonwealth StudiesThe first episode of Your World: The Royal Visit (broadcast on Saturday 26 May) on the BBC World Service explores the reasons why the Queen chose to visit Ghana in 1961 just after the country had gained independence from the colonial rule of Britain.

The documentary features an interview with Professor Philip Murphy, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Professor of British and Commonwealth History, on why this controversial visit took place.

A podcast of the full programme is available from the programme website

Professor Philip Murphy’s research interests lie principally in the area of twentieth-century British and Commonwealth history. Much of his research to date has been on aspects of post-war British decolonization, particularly in Africa. He is currently writing a book about the British Monarchy and the Post-War Commonwealth for Oxford University Press.


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