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By the end of the Second World War (1939-45) Britain had been depleted of its financial resources as well as its labour force. It therefore found itself unable to continue to directly control its overseas territories and also unable to rebuild its own infrastructure without support from them. America emerged as a new global Super Power while Communism spread across the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. This ‘Cold War’ brought a shift in power as Britain found itself in a position where it could only make one decision while its colonies (especially across Africa) had the right to choose….
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