After World War II, as the world began to pick up its pieces, it soon became apparent that the pieces were not going to fit as they once had. As European and Western powers began to reluctantly part with their control of the Asian and African colonies, these colonies began to decolonize and rebuild. Asian and African people faced growing pains as their leaders attempted to force pieces into this puzzle and create new nations. They struggled with the decisions of how to rebuild, whether to rebuild in the footsteps of their repressors, or to build nations that were more democratic. Each of these pieces of the puzzle created a very different picture for the future of these nations.
As each piece finally began to find its proper place, new nations began to emerge. However, even when faced head-on with their newfound freedom, the Asian and African people were far from the end of conflict. These nations still had to determine what freedom actually meant to them and how they should embrace it.
Have these nations and their leaders truly answered these questions? Are nations at peace with these new structures or do power struggles still exist about the direction that the nations should be headed?
This week, you will trace the paths to independence for the peoples of Africa and Asia including the struggles they endured in their quest to be free from colonization.
By the end of this week, you should be able to:
Summarize the ways that leaders in Asia and Africa thought about, used, or rejected Western institutions and ideas in shaping a post-colonial era
Describe the path of a country’s economic growth, social justice, and struggle for independence following World War II
Identify elements and leaders involved in decolonization after World War II
By Day 3
Post by Day 3 a summary (2–3 paragraphs) of the ways that leaders in Asia and Africa thought about, used, or rejected Western institutions and ideas in shaping a post-colonial era. Be sure you consider the role of the Cold War in shaping the relationship of these countries with the West, and the US. Summarize attitudes towards and influences of:
Western political thought and institutions as they appear in the Japanese Constitution of 1946
Mao’s reflections of China’s revolutionary history in 1949
Kwame Nkrumah’s analysis of African nationalist movements
Be sure to support your ideas by properly citing at least one of week’s Learning Resources, in APA format, within your initial post. As this is a post-first discussion board, you will not be able to see the work of your peers until you have posted the initial discussion requirement for the week.