Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. 1918–39

    1. Front Matter
      Pages i-i
  3. 1939–45

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
  4. 1945–54

  5. 1954–65

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. R. F. Holland
      Pages 191-210
    3. R. F. Holland
      Pages 249-265
  6. 1965–81

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. R. F. Holland
      Pages 269-298
    3. R. F. Holland
      Pages 299-302
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 303-321

About this book


One of the most dramatically significant themes of the twentieth century has been the decline and final dismemberment of the European colonial empires. This book outlines the general features which influence this decline and, by concentrating on a series of case studies, emphasises the varieties of experience within this broad historical process.
While primarily concerned with events in the British Empire, the largest of the imperial systems, Dr Holland also considers developments in the French, Belgian, Dutch and Portuguese dependencies.The chronologically arranged sections focus on the sources of weakness in the European empires between 1918 and 1939; the impact of the Second World War; the upheavals of the post-war crisis; the move to decolonization in the later 1950's and early 1960's; and the subsequent realignment of relations between advanced and non-advanced nations
The aim of this study is to provide an introductory text for sixth form and university students on a vital dimension of change within international relationships in twentieth century.


Colonialism Europe history Imperialism modern history World History

About the authors

R. F. HOLLAND is Lecturer in History at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title European Decolonization 1918–1981: An Introductory Survey
  • Authors Elisa Serafinelli
  • Series Title Themes in Comparative History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information R. F. Holland 1985
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-31677-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-31678-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-17773-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 344
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics World History, Global and Transnational History
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