International School History - European Schools - S7 4 hour option

S7 4hr History Last update - 17 May 2023 Official European School History S7 Syllabus: English, French, German
Europe and the World since 1945


Decolonisation and independence since 1945

S7 4 period


15 lessons


  1. Why was there a process of decolonisation in Asia and Africa after WWII?


  1. What factors enabled the process of decolonisation?


  1. How did former colonies develop after independence?


     What factors, both internal and external, encouraged decolonization in Asia and Africa after 1945?

     What were the different routes to independence?

     What similarities and differences were there in the experience of independence?

     What factors promoted or limited the economic and social development of the newly independent countries after 1945?

    What factors promote or limit the political stability and international independence of former colonies?



Key Words


Decolonisation, Independence, Nationalism, Third World, Non-alignment, Less-developed countries, Emerging countries, Neo-colonialism



Possible Reference Points

Independence of India (1947),  Independence of Indonesia (1949),  The Algerian War (1954-1962), Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung (1955) Independence of Belgian Congo (1960), Independence of Angola and Mozambique (1975), Arab Spring (2011)

Syllabus Links

Europe 3 Europe 6 6.4C 6.4G 7.4A 7.4B


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