Decolonization During World War II Essay

963 Words Oct 10th, 2016 4 Pages
During World War II, the United States were going through many changes and challenges. This was not only happening in the United States, but also in Europe. Following World War II, colonized people looked to decolonization as a way to free themselves and to become independent. World War II also showed that the colonial powers were incapable of being targeted or hurt. Colonized people used this to their advantage and believed that decolonization was the way for them to go. Colonial people started to think ahead and reconsidered their current political situations.

Decolonization is the process in which a colony that was once colonized seeks to become independent from the colonizing country. Decolonization was active during the period of 1945 to 1960. In some cases, this process was simple and did not involve violence. For other countries, decolonization was a battle that contained a lot of bloodshed. “The process of decolonization and nation building followed four patterns: civil wars, wars of independence, negotiated independence, and incomplete decolonization” (Pollard et al, 2015, p. 706).
Africa started the decolonization process at the close of World War II. It most certainly was not an easy process and it wasn’t completed without bloodshed, like other colonies that began this process. Not all of nations of Africa were successful in the process. There were varying degrees of success throughout Africa.

Most places in Africa found that the transition to decolonization…

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