Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Independence From Colonial Powers
Many nations spent several centuries growing great empires by expanding their colonial powers abroad. In the last few centuries, however, there has been a decline in the number of colonial holdings by large empires and a growth in the number of independent nations.
There are many great causes of this wave of independence, including increased education, ease of administration by more localized government, differences among peoples (including subjugation of colonials by the empire power).
Whatever the reason, many varying nations have been established upon gaining their independence from another nation. Many of these newer nations came from the "New World", "Far East", or Africa.
The idea of independence reflects the human belief that power should be limited. For the citizens of the new nations, often the idea of another country (often one across many miles of ocean) controlling the destinies of the local citizens was absurd. When these people were able to unite, they were able to bring enough force to show the mother countries their belief that determination should be made by the people whom the decisions will affect, not someone half a world away.
It may sound like the people of the new countries believed in democratic principles as a collective quality, but this is not true for all of the peoples; nor should it be a determining factor or an area for judgement as "good" or "bad". The distance of the leadership from the people (both physical and in doctrine) was more the matter of contention than any particular ideology.
Ultimately, people realized that they did not need to live under the rule of absent leaders because the people had the power to gain their independence.
Posted by Reed O. at 4:26 PM