Part 1: Chronology, Background, Historiography Chronology. Background: The Phases of European Imperialism. Historiography. Maps. Part 2: Themes. The Context of Decolonization. The End of Colonial Empires in Asia. The Arab World: From the Fertile Crescent to the Sahara. The "Wind of Change" in Black Africa. White Settlers: Resistance to Decolonization. The Commonwealth Caribbean: From Exploitation to Dependency. A Diehard Empire: The Portuguese in Africa and Asia. The Pacific Islands: Small Nations at Sea. The Legacy of Colonial Rule. From Colonialism to Neo-Colonialism? Part 3: Sources, Names and Terms. Guide to Sources and Secondary Reading. Biographies. Glossary. Bibliography. Index
Dietmar Rothermund is Professor Emeritus of South Asian History at the University of Heidelberg. He is chairman of the European Association of South Asian Studies. His publications include The Global Impact of the Great Depression (Routledge, 1996) and (with Hermann Kulke) A History of India (Routledge, 2004).
'Professor Rothermund's book offers a useful teaching resource for survey courses on the history of European decolonization ... What sets this work apart from other texts available in the field is its geographic scope.' - The Round Table
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