On this day in 1945, Indonesia declared independence from the Netherlands. I don't know if any of you stop and think about how much the world changed in the 20th Century, but it really is amazing. Let's just focus on our topic today though: colonization. For half of that century, colonization was alive and well. Vast expanses of land were ostensibly owned and run by many different foreign countries. Just off the top of my head, France in northern Africa, the United States in the Pacific, and England just about everywhere. What different ways of thinking must have these people had to think it was ok to to subjugate a people and steal their wealth.
This wasn't so long ago. When I think colonies, I generally think the 1700's, the American colonies, the race for land in the Americas. But even in our great-grandparents' time, in the 1940's, England held India as a colony. In Africa, these were often violent, oppressive regimes. These regimes shaped the futures of countless people. And generally, not for the good.
Anyway, let's open this up. What do you think was the biggest factor in the 20th Century? Technology? Cold War? Colonization? War? Ace of Base?