Decolonization Since 1945: The Collapse of European Overseas Empires

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Palgrave, 2001 - Decolonization - 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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Contents

Definitions
1
Endnote
17
Before 1945
18
The Struggle for European
31
Indochina from 1940 to 1945
38
The French Wax in Indochina
45
The Malayan Emergency
53
Singapore and Federation
60
Malta
101
Winds of Change Blow
106
Reluctance
146
The Struggle for Algiers
152
State of Emergency
160
Towards UDI
166
Portuguese Angola Mozambique and Guinea
174
From White to Majority Rule
183

The Case for Departure
66
Kashmir
74
Britains Mandate
81
The British Foothold
87
Cyprus
95
The Falkland Islands
189
Explanations Reassessed
203
Bibliography
220
Index
228
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