Decolonization

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Psychology Press, 2004 - History - 130 pages
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Raymond F. Betts considers the 'process' of decolonization and the outcomes which have left a legacy of problems, drawing on numerous examples including Ghana, India, Rwanda and Hong Kong. He examines:

  • the effects of the two World Wars on the colonial empire
  • the expectations and problems created by independence
  • the major demographic shifts accompanying the end of the empire
  • the cultural experiences, literary movements, and the search for ideology of the dying empire and the newly independent nations.

With an annotated bibliography and a chronology of political decolonization, Decolonization gives a concise, original and multi-disciplinary introduction to this controversial theme and analyzes what the future holds beyond the empire.

 

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Contents

List of illustrations
1
the effects of World War II
20
the postwar situation
30
Pronouncements denunciations and the search
38
the two landscapes of decolonization
52
the problems of independence
65
colonial migration
78
concerns over the perceived continuing
88
persistent problems
100
current issues and conditions in
106
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About the author (2004)

Raymond F. Betts is a professor of history emeritus at the University of Kentucky and an expert in modern European imperialism. His many books include Decolonization and A History of Popular Culture: More of Everything, Faster, and Brighter.

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