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Raymond F. Betts considers the 'process' of decolonization and the results that have left a legacy of difficulties, drawing on a number of examples together with Ghana, India, Rwanda and Hong Kong. He examines:

  • the results of the 2 international Wars at the colonial empire
  • the expectancies and difficulties created by way of independence
  • the significant demographic shifts accompanying the tip of the empire
  • the cultural reports, literary hobbies, and the quest for ideology of the death empire and the newly self sufficient nations.

With an annotated bibliography and a chronology of political decolonization, Decolonization provides a concise, unique and multi-disciplinary advent to this debatable topic and analyzes what the long run holds past the empire.

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No one at this time was quite so bold as Marcus Garvey, the Jamaican who led the “Back to Africa” movement in the 1920s and declared himself president of the United States of Africa. The federal principle quickly waned, however, as men like Nkrumah and Kenyatta returned to their homelands and fought distinct battles against the colonial status of these separate places and, in the course of events, became heads of state not willing to relinquish the power they had fought to obtain. In the academic discussion of Pan-Africanism, the ideology has been treated as political, economic, and cultural.

Further complicating the colonial situation at war’s end was the glaring display of the weakness of all the colonial powers, and this condition went beyond their dependency on the United States for military equipment and financial assistance. Only Great Britain at that moment retained any meaningful colonial authority and power. THE EFFECTS OF WORLD WAR II 27 Therefore, the nation was called upon to assist in re-establishing a pax colonia of sorts in the ever-turbulent South Pacific region. As the Japanese military occupation of Southeast Asia ended, a power vacuum occurred.

The subsequent Bandung Declaration upheld the principles of national sovereignty, respect for human rights, and equality among nations and peoples. Of global proportions as no other such conference before had been, and a conference of states with ministerial representation as had been no other, Bandung took place at a time when the Cold War had reached beyond the confines of Europe and the Middle East to take on global proportions. The United States, pursuing a policy of containment, had 44 INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC OPINION entered the Korean War in 1950 and had supported the French with military equipment in Indochina at the same time.

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