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Decolonization: A Short History

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Cover of Decolonization: A Short History by Jan C. Jansen

Decolonisation in the twentieth century

Decolonization: A Short History” by Jan C. Jansen, published in 2019, offers an accessible overview of decolonisation in the twentieth century. Jan C. Jansen, a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, collaborates with Jürgen Osterhammel, professor of modern and contemporary history at the University of Konstanz, to present a comprehensive examination of this pivotal period in global history.

The book delves into the end of colonial rule in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, portraying it as a momentous and transformative event that shaped the geopolitical landscape of the twentieth century. Jansen and Osterhammel explore the diverse trajectories of decolonisation, highlighting both peaceful transitions and instances of violence.

Taking a comparative approach, the authors analyse the economic and political repercussions of decolonisation, its implications for international power dynamics, and its enduring impact on global governance. They contextualize decolonization within unique regional and imperial contexts, offering insights into the complexities of this multifaceted process. 



This reference was recommended by the Bartlett Curriculum Working Group.

The working group serves as a collaborative platform for staff, students, and professional services staff from the 13 institutes and departments within the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. Participation in the group is voluntary, with a focus on gathering recommendations for resources that explore alternative forms of practice, decolonisation, and internationalisation within curriculum and teaching methodologies. The list of recommended references is continuously expanding through collective efforts. Bartlett Alternative acknowledges and appreciates the Working Group’s ongoing dedication in promoting the sharing of diverse works and resources, while amplifying underrepresented voices, narratives, and agendas.


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