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p. 252. Global war’s colonial consequenceslocked

  • Dane Kennedy


‘Global war’s colonial consequences’ shows that the Second World War produced disorder and destruction on an unprecedented scale, destabilizing states and societies across much of the world. While Germany and Japan failed in their bids to build vast new empires, the established European colonial empires (especially Britain, France, and the Netherlands) found their own imperial authority fatally weakened as well. The war simultaneously eroded the foundations of colonial rule as a form of governance, which increasingly came under challenge from independence movements across Asia and Africa, and laid the groundwork for alternative modes of imperial power, made manifest by the global rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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