I have a BA in history and an MSc in conflict studies.
Chaostan People are talking about WW1 but, really, as I said before the problem is stopping the Indian independence movement. After about the first generation of the Indian elites to live their formative years under Crown as opposed to Company rule has grown up.
They've started to absorb Western ideals, one of which is nationalism- the British Crown ostensibly governed India for the sake of ideals along with profit and once said ideals were imparted, Britain really had no moral ground to stand on with which to deflect the energies of said elite away from nationalism.
At least the Company was overtly out for raw profit- the Crown, however, had to eventually take a standpoint sympathetic to the elites it had created or risk losing all legitimacy.
Also, the thing is, once India goes independent two things happen- the first is specific to the British Empire. The entire network of colonies was pretty much set up to safeguard the routes to India- most of them were running at a loss IIRC the only consistently profitable non-Indian British colonies were the Straits Settlements and Hong Kong and with India gone there's really no more economic justification to hold on to places like Kenya or what have you.
Secondly, and more importantly, India serves as an example for the rest of colonised Asia and Africa British and non-British. If the Indians have shown that Asians can successfully mount a campaign for national independence then other Asians will want to do so too- by force if necessary.
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With specific regard to the non-Indian British colonies in Asia, WW2 was the straw that broke the camel's back- without it Britain could still justify some level of control over the colonies e. However, with the abject failure of the British Empire to defend it's SE Asian colonies that line of reasoning was clearly specious.
Three years of murder, looting and rape by Japan pretty much convinced the local elites of SE Asia that Britain wasn't up to the job.
Still, WW2 is just the final straw- with India's drive for independence there way no way decolonisation could have been avoided.Nov 11, · With specific regard to the non-Indian British colonies in Asia, WW2 was the straw that broke the camel's back- without it Britain could still justify some level of control over the colonies (e.g.
by giving them self government but still effectively functioning as protectorates) by arguing that Britain could effectively defend and represent. Colonialism is a practice of domination, which involves the subjugation of one people to another.
One of the difficulties in defining colonialism is that it is hard to distinguish it from imperialism. Reddit gives you the best of the internet in one place. I'm sure we must have some real experts on colonialism in South-East Asia here in AskHistorians.) permalink; it will be interesting to see how they face their biggest threat since Phibun invented Thailand - the inevitable loss of their only common coast-to-coast, mountain-to-plains.
imperialism, colonialism, and decolonization The colonial expansion of European states into the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific, followed by the collapse of these empires and their replacement by sovereign nation-states, is a double movement of great historical importance.
Europe, Asia, and Africa are connected as a single landmass. Their civilizations (including those of associated islands) have been part of a single civilization-complex since the Neolithic.
Western colonialism: Western colonialism, a political-economic phenomenon whereby various European nations explored, conquered, settled, and exploited large areas of the world.
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