Decolonization: Dismantling Empires and Building Independence

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When the United Nations was created in 1945, large areas of the world functioned as colonies, controlled by powerful faraway countries. The founders of the United Nations believed that all people should have the right to choose how they were governed. One of the major goals of the new organization was to give all these territories the chance to decide for themselves whether they would become an independent nation or remain under the rule of another country.

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Overview

When the United Nations was created in 1945, large areas of the world functioned as colonies, controlled by powerful faraway countries. The founders of the United Nations believed that all people should have the right to choose how they were governed. One of the major goals of the new organization was to give all these territories the chance to decide for themselves whether they would become an independent nation or remain under the rule of another country.

In this book, you will read about the trusteeship system set up by the founders of the United Nations to oversee the colonies of the nations conquered during World War II. While some countries are still struggling to gain independence, the UN's system continues the ongoing work to completely end colonialism in the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422200667
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: The United Nations Series: Global Leadership
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 88
  • Age range: 12 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     6
The Beginnings of the United Nations     9
The Trusteeship System     19
The Non-Self-Governing Territories     31
The International Decades for the Eradication of Colonialism     45
Territories Helped by the Decolonization Process     55
Decolonization and the War on Terror     71
Time Line     77
Glossary     79
Further Reading     81
For More Information     82
Reports and Projects     83
Bibliography     84
Index     85
Picture Credits     87
Biographies     88
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