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Decolonization and Its Impact : A Comparitive Approach to the End of the Colonial Empires - Martin Shipway

Decolonization and Its Impact

A Comparitive Approach to the End of the Colonial Empires


Published: 18th December 2007
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Decolonization and its Impact is a ground-breaking comparative study of decolonization from before the Second World War to the early 1960s.

  • Compares key cases across the European colonial empires
  • Focuses on the process and impact of decolonization at the level of the 'late colonial state' and of colonial societies
  • Presents an original model of decolonization that seeks to reconcile imperial and nationalist perspectives
  • Engages with important theoretical approaches
  • Makes extensive reference to recent literature on the subject

"Decolonization and its Impact provides a well-written survey ofmid-twentieth century decolonization. Shipway's expertise in theFrench experience of this period is self-evident and, withMadagascar and Sudan, he has focused on case studies which areoften overlooked in works of this kind. The book is based on anextensive bibliography, and while not dramatically re-castingexisting historical explanations, it will make a welcome additionto undergraduate reading lists on decolonization." (SouthAfrican Historical Journal, July 2010)

"[The] book represents a notable accomplishment, a feat ofstylish synthesis and compression which will inject still greaterenergy into an already vigorous debate." (H-Soz-u-Kult, June2010)

"This book offers both original insights and a meticulousengagement with the existing historiography on the subject."(TheAmerican Historical Review, February 2010)

"It provides a much needed comparative review of Europeandecolonization, grounded in a thorough survey of the most recentliterature on the subject ... .A rich, insightful and deeplyrewarding survey of decolonization." (The International HistoryReview, December 2009)

"The scope of the account is global ... with an admirablecombination of detail and attention to broad historic trends.Recommended." (CHOICE)



Introduction: Decolonization in Comparative Perspective.

1 The Colonial State: Patterns of Rule, Habits of Mind.

2 Colonial Politics Before the Flood: Challenging the State, Imagining the Nation.

3 The Second World War and the ?First Wave? of Decolonization.

4 Imperial Designs and Nationalist Realities in Southeast Asia, 1945?1955.

5 Shifting Frameworks for Change: The Late Colonial State in Africa.

6 The Late Colonial State at War: Insurgency, Emergency and Terror.

7 Towards Self-Government: Patterns of Late Colonial African Politics, 1951?1957.

8 Wind of Change: Endgame in Colonial Africa, 1958?64.

9 Conclusion: The Impact of Decolonization.

Appendix: Dates of Independence of African States.



ISBN: 9780631199687
ISBN-10: 0631199683
Series: History of the Contemporary World
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 269
Published: 18th December 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.46 x 17.42  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1