When did the decolonization of Africa start?by Tom Drake 15/01/2014 23:43:00 0 comments 1998 Views
The decolonization of Africa occurred largely after World War II. The social and financial toll of the war made it difficult for many colonial powers to maintain effective control of their African colonies.
Furthermore, the war contributed to growing international hostility towards the concept and practice of colonialism. Growing independence movements, indigenous political parties and trade unions coupled with pressure from within the imperialist powers and from the United States ensured the decolonization of virtually the whole of the continent by 1980. Libya was the first country to gain independence from its colonizer, Italy, on December 24th, 1951.