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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