5 lecture slides - Decolonization and Development Lecture...

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Decolonization and Development Lecture Five Priority readings that go with this lecture: ! McMichael pp. 37-45 ! Worsley (“One World or Three?”) pp. 296-305 I. Decolonization The end of colonialism was followed by economic nationalism, neocolonial relationships, and the post-WW II ‘development project.’ The timing, duration, and violence of struggles for independence varied greatly. Newly independent countries began ‘development’ with the obstacles and opportunities left by their speciFc colonial histories. The conditions under which decolonization took place are central to debates about ‘underdevelopment’ ! External vs. internal factors Independence Dates Key point: The timing of political independence was critical, in±uencing the opportunities and obstacles countries faces as they worked to develop and participate in the world economy free of colonial rule.
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Key Questions to ask: When was independence achieved ? ! How soon after colonization? ! What was the geopolitical context? (before WWII? during the Cold War?) How was it achieved ? ! Elite-led or popular/mass mobilization? ! Transition to independence peaceful or violent? Post-colonial politics ! Who emerged in control of the state? Whose interests did they represent? ! What kind of government was established? (democratic/multi- party or monocentric/military leadership) ! How were colonial institutions used and transformed?
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This note was uploaded on 03/14/2010 for the course DEV STD C 1 taught by Professor Trist during the Fall '09 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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