The Struggle for Independence

The Struggle for Independence

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• To prepare for this assignment:

• Review Chapter 22 (pp. 344–3 68) and Chapter 23 (pp. 370–383) in the course text.

• Review the articles in this week’s Learning Resources to learn more about politics and leadership in Asian and African nations as they struggle for independence.

• Draw from this week’s reading and consider the nationalist struggles for independence following World War II.

• Consider the changes that the people of Asia and Africa faced. How did they fare after European and Western control was removed? What internal struggles ensued?

• Reflect upon European and Western influences on Asian and African nations.

• Think about what it would be like to live in a nation that was under control of another nation. What would life be like if you did not know the liberty of freedom? What social, economic, and political struggles would you and your nation encounter during this time?
The assignment:

• Compose a 2- to 3-page essay in which you do the following:


o Choose one country from:

o
? Southeast Asia, OR

? Africa, OR

? The country of India

o Describe the path to economic growth, social justice, and struggle for independence pursued by this independent nations from 1945–1 947.
o o Support your assertions by making at least 2 references, in proper APA format, to your course readings.

• Reading

• Course Text: Goff, R., Moss, W., Terry, J., Upshur, J., & Schroeder, M. (2012). The twentieth century and beyond: A global history (Laureate Education, Inc., custom ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.


o Chapter 22, “Asia in the Aftermath of World War II” (pp. 334–368)

This chapter discusses the decolonization in Asia post – World War II, as well as the United States’ hand in combating the spread of communism in Asia.

o Chapter 23, “African Struggles for Independence” (pp. 370–3 83)

This chapter examines the decolonization efforts in Africa post – World War II. It covers the peaceful changes, struggles, and violence that ensued during this era.

Articles.
• Reynolds, D. (1997). The European response: Primacy of politics. Foreign Affairs, 76(3), 171–1 84.
Use the ProQuest Central database, and search using the article’s Document ID: 11575386

Note: This article is available from the Walden University Library. It examines the Marshall Plan and reviews why many historians label it as the defining moment of the early Cold War.

• The Constitution of Japan. (1946). Retrieved from http://www.solon.org/Constitutions/Japan/English/english-Constitution.html

Readers can explore Japan’s Constitution.

• Tse-tung, M. (1949). On the people’s democratic dictatorship. Retrieved from http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-4/mswv4_65.htm
Readers may browse the contents of Mao Tse-tung’s full text article.
Nkrumah, K. (1960). Address by Kwame Nkrumah at the United Nations. Retrieved from http://www.nkrumah.net/un-1960/index-nkun-1960.htm
This document contains the 1960 speech made by Nkrumah at the United Nations.

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