Saturday, January 21, 2012

The End of the British Empire

This is a great pair of videos. The first one shows, among other things, the division of India and the creation of Pakistan and the great flow of humanity heading both ways - Muslims to Pakistan; Hindus to India.

The second part shows the creation of Israel and the immediate aftermath, which includes the withdrawal of Britain from Palestine and the first of many Arab-Israeli wars; the bloody de-colonization movement in Africa and the achievement of independence for new African nations with terrible consequences in some of them; the exodus of Britons to Australia and Canada and the consequences for the indigenous people, the influx of Caribbeans to Britain; the granting of independence for the last few colonies - Rhodesia and Hong Kong.

Ah, history. As one of my history professors said:  "history is just one damn thing after another."

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