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p. 81. Waves of decolonizationlocked

p. 81. Waves of decolonizationlocked

  • Dane Kennedy


‘Waves of decolonization’ outlines three phases of decolonization, beginning with the first wave in the Americas in the late eighteenth century, which led to the creation of the United States. The second wave of decolonization was made possible by World War I with the collapse of the Russian, German, Habsburg, and Ottoman Empires. With the establishment of the League of Nations, the nation-state and the new notion of sovereignty it embodied became increasingly integral to the international order. These two waves of decolonization were preludes to Third World decolonization and shared recurring themes: global wars between empires as catalysts of decolonization and violence as an integral element of the process of transition.

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