The H-Decol network provides a forum in which the end of European, American and Asian empires and the rise of independent nation-states, principally, but not exclusively, in the long twentieth century, can be understood holistically, across the boundaries drawn by particular bilateral metropole-colony relations. H-Decol explores the nexus of power, strategy and identity that carved overseas empires into the nation-states that make up the modern atlas. Above all, H-Decol seeks to encourage scholarly discussion and debate across academic disciplines on the course of imperial retrenchment, and the broader cultural, economic, political and ideological imprint left by decolonization on both the 'colonizer' and the 'colonized'.

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Weatherhead Initiative on Global History Fellowship

The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History (WIGH) at Harvard University identifies and supports outstanding scholars whose work responds to the growing interest in the encompassing study of global history. We seek to organize a community of scholars interested in the systematic scrutiny of developments that have unfolded across national, regional, and continental boundaries and who propose to analyze the interconnections—cultural, economic, ecological, political and demographic—among world societies.

Defining Anti-Colonialism

Dear Colleagues,

I'm looking for definitions of anti-colonialism, in either primary or secondary material.  I haven't been able to find much, which suggests that many users of this and related terms have regarded them as self-explanatory.

My current research, on India and Mandate Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s, suggests that defining who was "anti-colonial" and who was benefitting from colonialism, far from being self-explanatory, was actually somewhat complicated and depended on one's perspective.

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