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Post-WW2 Decolonization

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Lisa Healow

on 27 March 2015

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Transcript of Post-WW2 Decolonization

Post-WW2 Decolonization
*the end of imperialism*
During imperialism, European powers viewed African and Asian continents as sources of raw materials and labor and often exploited colonies for these resources
Colonial rule drew boundaries that did not take into account ethnic and language groups
Nationalism in World War I was not unique to Europe, but was evident in many colonies as well - the global depression and World War II fed nationalism and helped to end imperialism and colonialism
Fall of Colonialism:
World War II fought for freedom and equality
World War II ended idea that colonial powers were invincible
Post-war Europe could no longer afford colonies
Nationalist movements ramped up efforts after Axis Powers were defeated

United States opposed colonialism
granted independence to Philippines in 1946

- Europe wanted to hold on to colonies
- US feared Russia would capture released colonies
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