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Decolonization (Topical Term)

Preferred form: Decolonization

Britannica online enc., Apr. 1, 2012 (decolonization: Process by which colonies become independent of the colonizing country)

OED (decolonization, n. The withdrawal from its former colonies of a colonial power; the acquisition of political or economic independence by such colonies)

Wikipedia, Apr. 1, 2012 (Decolonization refers to the undoing of colonialism... It can be understood politically (attaining independence, autonomous home rule, union with the metropole or another state) or culturally (removal of pernicious colonial effects). The term refers particularly to the dismantlement, in the years after World War II, of the Neo-Imperial empires established prior to World War I throughout Africa and Asia)

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