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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.
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