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- n. the freeing of a colony etc from dependent status by granting it independence
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- n. the action of changing from colonial to independent status.
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- n. the action of changing from colonial to independent status
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Though decolonization is almost complete, we should not overlook the United Nations 'very respectable record in this process, particularly in making it less violent than it might have been.
I’ve been reading Robert Meredith’s book on The Fate of Africa lately, and one striking thing about the section on decolonization from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s was precisely the extent to which in many circumstances the imperial powers were looking for an exit strategy.
The Chinese revolution had to await, among other things, the crisis if imperialism and the Second World War, the overall process of decolonization - in other words, the simultaneity of the anticolonial revolutions - in order to finally take control of state power.
It would recognize broad new rights for Bolivia's Indians, termed "original indigenous peasant peoples" in the document, and demand "decolonization" of all aspects of society.
During the same period a widespread process of "decolonization" occurred, by which many countries gained or regained their independence and the right freely to determine their own destiny.
I adapt this phrase from the Kenyan revolutionary author Ngugi wa Thiong'o, who argues at length that the cultural emancipation of African peoples must proceed in part via a pedagogical "decolonization" of the mind.
Perhaps for this reason, or because they reached a public that, witnessing the final throes of "decolonization," was somewhat preoccupied with the subject, these books were read, or at least talked about, by far more people than is usual for such academic works.
Whatever the side effects of "exaggerated rhetoric" may be, they are not the main issue; and "exaggerated rhetoric" may not be the only or best way to achieve psychological "decolonization" or "social glue."
It seems in order to achieve the outcome that you've been outlining we need a kind of decolonization of the mind.
Yes, we have been and still are the donkeys and mules of the world, but through the process of decolonization which is first and foremost a mental process, then a physical reality, we shall arrive back through the door of no return.