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p. 463. A world disordered and reorderedlocked

p. 463. A world disordered and reorderedlocked

  • Dane Kennedy


It took around thirty years from the end of the Second World War for Western colonial rule over non-Western peoples to come to an end, giving way to well over a hundred new nation-states across the Third World. ‘A world disordered and reordered’ describes the factors for this wave of decolonization: colonial peoples’ struggles for independence; European states that came to regard formal colonial possessions as less relevant to their political and economic agendas; and the role of outside actors such as the United Nations and the two postwar superpowers, which characterized colonialism as outmoded, even immoral, and exerted diplomatic and ideological pressure to bring it to an end.

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