decolonization decolonization


  • (n) the action of changing from colonial to independent status


  1. African and Asian decolonization in the 1960s recognized states along borders set by colonial rulers.
  2. Sarkozy compares his new tax to other divisive issues in the country's recent history that went on to win public backing, from abolition of the death penalty to decolonization.
  3. In an apparent volte-face from his earlier tone, he outlined four gradual stages of decolonization, only at the end of which would the possibility of independence be broached.


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  1. "The cause of our condemnation, isolation is because my government took the necessary measures to create the conditions for equal opportunities for decolonization, for creating conditions in which our people would regain their lost resources and...
    on Feb 3, 2009 By: Robert Mugabe Source: Voice of America

  2. Handing over the diamond, Bhutto said, "would be a convincing demonstration of the spirit that moved Britain voluntarily to shed its imperial encumbrances and lead the process of decolonization."
    on Dec 29, 2006 By: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "The threat to independence in the late 20th century from the new electronics," wrote Edward Said in Culture and Imperialism, "could be greater than was colonialism itself. We are beginning to learn that decolonization was not the termination...
    on Sep 9, 2004 By: Edward Said Source: Dissident Voice

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