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Decolonization (The Making of the Contemporary World)

Decolonization (The Making of the Contemporary World)
Author: Raymond Betts - Raymond F. Betts
ISBN 13: 9780415318211
ISBN 10: 415318211
Edition: 2
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2004-03-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
List Price: $33.95

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.