Decolonization: Dismantling Empires and Building Independenceby Sheila Nelson
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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