Decolonization Since 1945: The Collapse of European Overseas Empires

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Palgrave, 2001 - History - 240 pages
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One of the most significant changes of the post-world has been the decline and final dismemberment of European colonial empires in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Pacific and the Caribbean. In 1939 roughly a third of the world's entire population lived under colonial or imperial rule; 60 years later, less than 0.1% of the global population lives in dependent territories. This book examines the various mechanisms of European departure around the world, with each major colony receiving separate, extensive and consecutive treatment, rather than being subject to chronological or thematic subdivision.

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John Springhall is Reader in History, University of Ulster at Coleraine.

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