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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 variety 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 through independence
  • the significant demographic shifts accompanying the tip of the empire
  • the cultural stories, literary pursuits, and the hunt for ideology of the demise empire and the newly self reliant nations.

With an annotated bibliography and a chronology of political decolonization, Decolonization offers a concise, unique and multi-disciplinary creation to this debatable subject matter and analyzes what the longer term holds past the empire.

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Eisenhower—the plan was viewed as insulting as well as ill-timed. ) The American response was thus structured as a reaction to what was considered old-fashioned imperialist politics. Eisenhower, through his secretary of state, John Foster Dulles, ordered Prime Minister Anthony Eden to withdraw troops immediately. From the other side of the Iron Curtain, the Soviet Union even threatened war. And in the United Nations, anger was at a high pitch with India roundly denouncing the invasion. Nasser remained; the British and the French withdrew.

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.

World War I also added to the internationalization of colonial issues. The mandate system, put in place with the peace treaties, set a new tone, if not a new practice; and the existence of an international deliberative body in the form of the League of Nations can be seen, retrospectively, as a step toward the United Nations which would play a significant role in decolonization. The Soviet Union, born of the war, made the ideology of communism an article of exportation to the colonies where it mixed well with nationalism as a volatile combination of protest.

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