This course traces the international history of decolonization, that is, the transformation of the system of empires and colonies into the post-1945 world of sovereign nation states. We begin with a brief survey of the history of empire, paying close attention to problems created during colonial rule that were especially vexing during decolonization. Through secondary sources we seek to understand the international context of decolonization, especially the paradox of continued colonial rule in the midst of an international discourse of self-determination and universal human rights. We engage with some of the classic critiques of imperialism including selections by Lenin, Gandhi, Memmi, and Fanon. Through case studies, we evaluate particular problems that emerged as the colonized wrested institutional and legal control over their territories from past rulers. We consider the difference between "decolonization" and "post-colonialism," and explore how some of the problems of past colonial rule continue to trouble our world today. Modern, Transregional.This section is crosslisted with L97 301.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU Hum; BU IS; AS HUM; AS LCD; FA HUM; AR HUM