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  • Dane Kennedy

Abstract

Decolonization is described as the “withdrawal from its former colonies of a colonial power; the acquisition of political or economic independence by such colonies.” However, war, revolution, and terror are integral elements of decolonization and by recognizing this, it permits us to place the story of the postwar disintegration of empires in a broader historical context. This Very Short Introduction focuses on the decolonization of the Third World after World War II, but also directs our attention both to the crises of former empires and their continuities. It also highlights the promises of nation-states and their limitations and acknowledges the costs incurred by the transition from colonial subjugation to national independence.

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