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Question: Was it possible to save colonies after second world war?

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In terms of 'saving' colonies after the Second World War, it's a complex topic that depends on how you define 'save'. If 'saving' means maintaining colonial rule, it's important to note that after WWII, the world largely recognised that colonial rule was unfair and exploitative. The tide of public opinion, alongside national independence movements, economic strains, and international pressure, especially from new structures like the United Nations, made maintaining colonies very difficult. Many countries, like Britain and France, began a process of decolonization, granting freedom to many colonies across Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. However, some argue that a form of neo-colonialism has been used where former colonial powers continue to exercise control over their former colonies via economic and political means. Some suggest this might be a way to 'save' the influence of the colonial power, though it is seen as controversial, and these power dynamics are still debated. But the process of decolonization was not always smooth; in many instances, it resulted in conflict, political instability and societal issues that some former colonies are still grappling with today. Acknowledging these histories and working towards more equitable global relationships is crucial for progress.

Answered by gpt-4

July 21, 2023, 1:24 p.m.

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Published: Friday, July 21, 2023

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