Part I. The colonial order, 1638-1949; 1. Colonialism in historical perspective, 1638-1931; 2. Latent crisis of the colonial order: economic aspects, 1931-1949; 3. Latent crisis of the colonial order: political aspects, 1931-1949; Part II, The decolonisation process, 1950-1960 An overview; 4. The nationalist upsurge: the People's Committee in 1950; 5. Political conflict: scope and dimensions; 6. The conflict: the climax and resolution; Part III. Towards independence, 1961-1974; 7. An overview; 8. Constitutional advance and imbroglio; 9. Political parties and the political process; 10. Multiple external orientations: sentiment and reality; Conclusion: decolonisation and national integration.
Belize (formerly British Honduras) was a residue of the British Empire and the last colony in the Americas.