Since its founding in 1945, over 80 nations formerly under colonial rule have joined the UN as sovereign independent nations. Today, seventeen non-self-governing territories remain, administered by France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This site explores the process of decolonization and especially the role of the UN's Special Committee of 24 on Decolonization, founded in 1961-2. At the site, users will find a history of decolonization, information on the Special Committee of 24 and the International Trusteeship System and Council, a collection of relevant documents, maps of the world in 1945 and today, and the latest news on decolonization issues. Throughout the site, links are offered to related online resources and documents. As a UN site, it can only offer limited commentary and analysis, but on the whole it is well-organized, and the collection of original documents and authoritative resources make it an excellent adjunct to classes studying the post-colonial world.
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