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Decolonization in the Global South: Keywords

ABOUT KEYWORDS

Before you start searching for books, articles or web pages, you need to choose keywords that represent your research topic.

 

Keywords are significant words (usually nouns or noun phrases) which can be used as search terms in indexes, online catalogs, or databases. They can appear in the title, subject headings, abstract, or text of records. A keyword search typically searches all or most of these fields.

RELEVANT KEYWORDS FOR YOUR PROJECT

  • name of your country (e.g. Ghana)
  • historical names of your country (e.g. Gold Coast)
  • colony
  • decolonization
  • anticolonialism
  • "anticolonial resistance"
  • politics
  • independence
  • revolution
  • "Cold War"

When doing your overview reading, also look for the names of any significant anticolonial resistance organizations (e.g. National Liberation Movement), political parties (e.g. "Asante"), and leaders (e.g. Kwame Nkrumah)that you can use to search for more information, especially primary source information.

Countries and Historical Names

COUNTRY

HISTORICAL NAMES

   

Algeria

Egypt

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Belgian Congo, Katanga, Zaire

Ghana

Gold Coast

Indonesia

Celebes, Dutch East Indies, Moluccas

Nigeria

Biafra, Hausaland

Iraq

Mesopotamia

Baghdad, Mosul, Basra (as part of the Ottoman Empire)

Philippines

Vietnam

Annam, Cochin-China, Tonkin, Indochina