What Were the Main Causes of British Decolonization After World War Two?

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The one interesting aspect that I was surprised with my three authors was the little detail given on nationalism in the decolonization process. Before reading these three books, I thought that nationalism played a key factor in decolonization. However, my assumption was incorrect. The author, John Darwin, brought nationalism into question, but ultimately Darwin felt that WWII had weakened the British, which subsequently lead to a problematic post-war economic situation. All the authors discussed nationalism and its part in decolonization, but all came to a conclusion that nationalism may have played a part, but it was insignificant in the entire process of decolonization. Most colonies had a wide variety of communities that had very little in common. Therefore, mass nationalistic movements that would be strong enough to throw out British colonial rulers was much more difficult than one might think. Ultimately, all of the authors and their books I used for the essay-review focused on the aftermath of Britain in WWII to describe the reasoning for decolonization.
One key difference in content between the three books was on the British welfare state. Holland wrote on the cost of the welfare state and how the British people were becoming more concerned at sustaining a welfare state. For example, Holland even believed that, “one reason why colonies were hustled towards independence, was precisely to release west European resources for domestic welfare spending.” While, both James and Darwin did not speak of domestic welfare spending. Rather, all three centered a main cause on decolonization on the weak post-war economic situation in Britain and the result it had on the cost of the empire.
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...say that Darwin’s approach was the most logical, but Holland’s explanation about how Britain was more concerned at sustaining a welfare state completed the cause. If Darwin had discussed the welfare state, then I would believe Britain and Decolonisation, would have answered my question to the best ability, but without it, Darwin’s argument lacked a key component. Therefore, if Holland and Darwin’s books were somewhat combined that would establish the best answer for my essay-review question.
In conclusion, each author brought in an interesting perspective in the causes of British decolonization after WWII. There is not one single cause that led to British decolonization. However, each author seemed to agree that the process of British decolonization began as a result of WWII and developed into a vicious cycle that culminated with the demise of the British Empire.

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