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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Decolonization

Daniel Bonilla Maldonado, Michael Riegner

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 June 2021

Subject(s):
Colonization — Decolonization — Constitutional processes — National identity

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1 Decolonization is commonly defined as the historical process by which European empires collapsed and former colonies became new independent states during classical and late modernity (Strang (1991) 429–30; Kennedy 5; colonization). In the former colonies, this process typically culminated in the enactment of a new constitution. These constitutions symbolized and realized the sovereign and independent character of the new political communities. They synthesized the communities’ political objectives, the institutional structures to achieve these objectives, and...
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