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p. 1044. Ends and aftermaths of empirelocked

  • Stephen Howe


‘Ends and aftermaths of Empire’ examines the political decolonization of the European empires which took place between the end of the Second World War and the 1960s. The single most decisive factor was not a change in colonized people's capacity to challenge imperial rule, but an increased — or more widespread — will to do so. New political movements began to build their own, rival coalitions, led by anticolonial nationalist elites who were themselves products of colonial modernity. Colonialism was thus a self-defeating enterprise, in that it introduced — however slowly and grudgingly — into its possessions both the ideas and the social forces which were to bring it down.

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