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Liberation from Colonial Rule- Latin America: Part I Colonisation of Latin America Extensive European colonization began in 1492, when a Spanish expedition headed by Genoese Christopher Columbus sailed west to find a new trade route to the Far East (India) but inadvertently found the Americas. Columbus’s first two voyages (1492–93) reached the Bahamas and various […]Read More
Political Changes in Eastern Europe 1989-2001: Part II Breakup of Yugoslavia Background Yugoslavia—the land of South (i.e. Yugo) Slavs—was created at the end of World War I when Croat, Slovenian, and Bosnian territories that had been part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire united with the Serbian Kingdom. After the World War II, Josip Broz Tito (who […]Read More
Disintegration of Soviet Union and the Rise of the Unipolar World: Factors leading to the collapse of Soviet communism and the Soviet Union, 1985-1991; End of the cold war and US ascendancy in the World as the lone superpower: Part I Second Cold War (1979–85) The term Second Cold War refers to the period of […]Read More
Emergence of two power blocs: Part III Thaw and Escalation (1953–62) Extent of ‘thaw’ in the Cold War in the years after 1953: There is no doubt that in some ways East-West relations did begin to improve during 1953, though there were still areas of disagreement and the thaw was not a consistent development. Reasons […]Read More
Emergence of Two Power Blocs: Part I Towards the end of the war, the harmony that had existed between the USSR, the USA and the British Empire began to wear thin and all the old suspicions came to the fore again. Relations between Soviet Russia and the West soon became so difficult that, although no […]Read More