Complete classes from the CAB & PREM series in the Public Record Office
Series Three: CAB 128 & CAB 129 - Cabinet Conclusions & Cabinet Memoranda, 1945 and following
Part 4: The Macmillan/Home Governments, January 1957 - October 1964
Part 4 provides comprehensive coverage of the CAB 128 and CAB 129 files for the Macmillan and Home Administrations. From the aftermath of Suez to the ‘Wind of Change’ speech to Apartheid in South Africa and the Berlin Wall in Europe, these were challenging times.
(CAB 128/31-38 & CAB 129/85-118)
- Scholars can study how Britain struggled to come to terms with the realities of the new world situation and define her position in rapidly shifting circumstances. As Dean Acheson put it: Britain had “lost an empire and not yet found a role.”
- Researchers can assess the highs and lows of Macmillan’s term in office, moving from the hedonistic “you’ve never had it so good” days to the dark hours of the Profumo Scandal, growing economic crisis and De Gaulle’s veto of Britain’s application to join the EEC.
- There is much material on the cancellation of Britain’s nuclear missile programme and the subsequent acquisition of American systems.
- Key documents cover the increasing Cold War tensions, the Berlin Crisis 1958-1961, and the Cuban Missile Crisis 1962.
- There is lots of material on Decolonisation and the Commonwealth, including flash points such as the Sharpeville Massacre in March 1960.
- Please see also Macmillan Cabinet Papers, 1957-1963, Online.