One of the most significant changes of the post-1945 world has been the decline and final dismemberment of European colonial empires in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Pacific, and the Caribbean. In 1939, roughly a third of the world's entire population lived under colonial rule. At the end of the 20th-century, less than one per cent did so. In this study, each major European overseas colony, rather than being subject to chronological or thematic subdivision, receives separate, extensive, and consecutive treatment.
...brief but effective overview. International Journal of African Historical Studies
At the start of World War II, roughly a third of the world's population lived under imperial or colonial rule; today less than 0.1 percent of the global population lives in dependent territories. This introductory survey of postwar decolonization outlines events in individual colonies and also discusses larger theoretical assumptions. Topics include the British partition of India; French colonial wars in Indochina and Algeria; British fighting in Aden, Kenya, Malaya, and Cyprus; the Portuguese departure from Angola and Mozambique; and the advent of majority rule in Zimbabwe and South Africa. A closing chapter deals with Britain and France's remaining dependent territories. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Empire and its Rejection: Before 1945
• South East Asia: The Struggle for European "Recolonization"
• South Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean: British Retreat from Empire
• Africa and the Caribbean: Winds of Change Blow
• White-Settler Africa: Reluctance to Concede Majority Rule
• Overseas Territories and DOM-TOMs: Remnants of Empire