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The Colonies Become New Nations

The Colonies Become New Nations. Collapse of European Imperialism. Non-Western Nationalism. INDIA. Since the 1700s, the British had maintained control of the Indian subcontinent .

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The Colonies Become New Nations

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  1. The Colonies Become New Nations

  2. Collapse of European Imperialism Non-Western Nationalism

  3. INDIA

  4. Since the 1700s, the British had maintained control of the Indian subcontinent. • INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS-In 1885, nationalist leaders in India formed the Indian National Congress, which became known as the Congress Party.

  5. This group was made up mainly of Hindu professionals and business leaders. • This Congress Party called for equal opportunities for Indians to serve in government and for western-style democracy.

  6. MUSLIM LEAGUE-Initially, Muslims and Hindus cooperated in their campaign for self-rule. • However, Muslims soon grew distrustful of the Hindu dominated Indian National Congress. • In 1906, Muslim leaders formed the Muslim League to protect their own rights and interests.


  8. In the 1800s, the multinational Ottoman Empire (present day Turkey) faced challenges from the various ethnic groups in the empire. • YOUNG TURKS-A group of liberals in the 1890s established a movement called the Young Turks. • This group wanted to strengthen the Ottoman Empire and end the threat of western imperialism.

  9. In 1908, they overthrew the sultan and took control of the government.

  10. India-Independence & Partition

  11. Indian nationalists had been demanding independence since the 1800s. • Indians were angered when, during World War II, the British put off granting them independence but expected them to support Britain in the war.

  12. Mohandas Gandhi • A leader named Mohandas Gandhi headed the Indian Nationalist Movement, seeking independence from British imperialism. • He taught nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience (the refusal to obey unjust laws), rather than bloodshed, were the way to win rights.

  13. He used tactics such as boycotting, or refusing to buy, British goods. • Finally, in 1947, Britain granted independence to India.

  14. Muslim and Hindu Conflicts • In India, Hindus were the majority and Muslims were the minority. • In 1947, British officials drew borders that created Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan. The partition, or division, of India did not bring peace.

  15. Independence set off mass migrations of Muslims fleeing India and Hindus fleeing Pakistan. • Millions were killed crossing the borders. • Gandhi tried to ease these tensions but a Hindu fanatic assassinated him during the process.

  16. Tensions between Hindus and Muslims still exist and continue to erupt into violence today over border disputes.

  17. Status of the Caste System • The Caste System, a system of social stratification, has been a part of Indian life for more than 2,000 years. • In the 1900s, the system underwent change.

  18. Mohandas Gandhi campaigned to end the harsh treatment of the caste called Untouchables. • The Indian constitution of 1950 banned discrimination against Untouchables. • The government set aside jobs and places in universities for Untouchables.

  19. In spite of improvements in the legal status of Untouchables, discrimination still exists today. • Ultimately, the Caste System is still part of Indian society today, and tends to have a stronger effect in rural villages than in urban areas.

  20. Nonalignment • During the Cold War, India followed a policy of nonalignment. • This policy, instituted by Jawaharlal Nehru, (India’s 1st Prime Minister) allowed India to accept help from both capitalist and socialist nations.

  21. Sikh Separatism • Sikhism is a religion that began in India in the 1500s by blending elements of Islam and Hinduism. • In the 1980s, there was an increased demand for self-rule by the Sikhs. • The Indian Prime Minister sent in troops to put down this Sikh uprising.

  22. Many Sikhs died as a result of this uprising and the Prime Minster herself was assassinated by two Sikhs who had served as her bodyguards. • Continuing tension exists between Sikhs and Hindus today.

  23. African Independence Movements and Pan Africanism

  24. A movement called Pan-Africanism had been nourishing nationalist movements in Africa since the 1920s. • Pan-Africanism emphasized the unity of Africans and people of African descent all over the world.

  25. Early Independence Movements • GHANA-former British Colony known as the Gold Coast which gained independence in 1957 and renamed Ghana. • KENYA-former British Colony which was given independence in 1963. • ALGERIA-former French Colony given independence in 1962 after many years of warfare.

  26. Economic Links with Europe • Today, much of Africa suffers from trading patterns that were established during the age of imperialism. • As a result, today these countries have trade deficits and rising debts.

  27. Ethnic Tensions and Nationalism • Most of the current national boundaries in Africa were established during the colonial period by Europeans. • These boundaries were made without consideration for the traditional territories of tribal and ethnic groups.

  28. Today, therefore, loyalty to one’s tribe is often stronger than loyalty to one’s nation.

  29. Nigeria is one of the many nations where tribalism has led to civil war. • More than 200 ethnic groups live within the borders of Nigeria, as a result in 1966 a massacre of 20,000 took place.

  30. Shortly after this massacre war broke out between ethnic tribes in Nigeria which ultimately resulted in the deaths of nearly a 1,000,000 people.

  31. In Rwanda, ethnic conflict led to genocide. • Ethnic violence broke out between the Hutus and the Tutsis which resulted in the deaths of approximately 500,000 people in just a few months.

  32. African Union • In 2002, 53 African countries formed a federation, the African Union (AU). • The AU’s goals include solving economic, social, political, and environmental problems in Africa. • AU members deal with issues such as desertification, AIDS, and famine.

  33. The AU also works to resolve conflicts, such as the situation in Darfur (2003), a region of western Sudan. • Arabic militias have killed more than 200,000 black villagers, with the quiet approval of the Sudanese government. • Today, as we speak, this situation in Darfur continues with more than 2,000,000 villagers being displaced-along with rapes and the employment of children into the militias.

  34. Apartheid-Policy of Racial Separation & Segregation • For nearly 350 years, Europeans ruled South Africa. • Although South Africa won its independence in 1910, its white citizens held all of the political power. • In order to maintain this control, whites in 1948 made official a system of apartheid, or separation of the races.

  35. Apartheid required black Africans and other nonwhites to live in certain zones, the segregation of public facilities and transportation, and forbade interracial marriages.

  36. The Anti-Apartheid Movement • In 1912, a political party known as the African Nation Congress (ANC), was organized in South Africa. • The ANC used boycotts and civil disobedience to oppose apartheid.

  37. In 1960, the police killed 69 people and wounded 180 and the South African government outlawed the ANC.

  38. In 1964, Nelson Mandela, an important ANC leader, was sentenced to life in prison. • He became a powerful symbol of the struggle for freedom.

  39. Desmond Tutu was a black Anglican bishop and civil rights leader. • Tutu and other activists convinced foreign nations and businesses to limit trade and investment in segregated South Africa.

  40. F.W. de Klerk became president of South Africa in 1989. • He legalized the ANC and released Mandela in 1990. • In 1994, South Africa held an election in which people of all races could vote.

  41. Mandela was elected president. • He was succeeded in 1999 by Thabo Mbeki.

  42. Southeast Asia Vietnam and Cambodia

  43. Vietnam • Vietnam had been ruled by the French since the mid-1800s. • Ho Chi Minh, leader of the Vietminh an alliance of nationalist and communist groups, declared Vietnam free. • Defeated by the Vietminh, the French abandoned Vietnam which became divided in 1954 with a communist north and a non-communist south.

  44. The Vietnam War • Ho Chi Minh, now leader of communist North Vietnam, supported the Viet Cong, a group of communist rebels who were trying to overthrow Diem, the South Vietnamese government.

  45. The United States sent troops to support Diem’s government. • The Vietnam War lasted from 1959 to 1975 when antiwar sentiment in the U.S. forced President Nixon to withdraw all American forces from Vietnam.

  46. In 1975, Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, fell and the country reunited under communist control.

  47. Cambodia • During the Vietnam War, Cambodia served as a supply route for the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces. • In 1969, American forces bombed and then invaded Cambodia to destroy the route.

  48. After the Americans left, Cambodian communist guerillas, known as the Khmer Rouge, took control of the government. • Under the leadership of Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge began a reign of terror to remove all western influence from Cambodia.

  49. More than a million Cambodians were slaughtered in what became known as the “Killing Fields.” • In 1979, Vietnamese forces invaded Cambodia and occupied the country until the 1990s, when a settlement was negotiated to end the civil war. • UN peacekeepers monitored elections, but some fighting continued.

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