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Colonies and Occupied Territories: Transitional Administration Through the Twentieth Century

Simon Chesterman

in You, The People: The United Nations, Transitional Administration, and State-Building

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199263486
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600999 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263485.003.0002
Colonies and Occupied Territories: Transitional Administration Through the Twentieth Century

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Despite the conceit that transitional administration was invented in the 1990s, much can be learned concerning the development of an institutional capacity to administer territory from examining the manner in which the colonial empires were regulated and subsequently dismantled. An age less attuned to political sensitivities also provides a clearer‐eyed assessment of the requirements of such administration, challenging the conventional wisdom that ‘ownership’ on the part of the local population is essential to the process.

Keywords: colonialism; decolonization; Germany; League of Nations; mandates system; military occupation; trusteeship system; United Nations

Chapter.  15302 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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