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The End of Empires and Terrorism

  • James M. Lutz
  • Brenda J. Lutz


From the end of World War II to the late 1960s the great European empires were in the process of breaking up, leading to the formation of many new independent states. The defeat of European armies in North Africa and Southeast Asia in World War II raised doubts in the minds of local populations about the superiority of the European colonialists.1 The British, French, Dutch, and Belgians had to recover from the ravages of war; consequently, they had fewer resources available to maintain the empires than would otherwise have been the case. While most of the terrorism that appeared in this period was linked with the national liberation movements in those colonies where the Europeans had hoped to remain, there were some groups practicing terrorism that had no connections with national liberation movements.


Communal Violence Colonial Power Partition Plan National Liberation Colon Population 
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