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Independence and Conflict

- Intensified Nationalism -

- Ideological Confrontation -

- The decline of Communism -

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Asia was catapulted into world prominence during World War II. Japan entered the war in 1941 and rapidly made conquests in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, exposing the vulnerability of the Western powers. India became a staging area for the Allied Powers, which included Britain, France, and the United States. In Southwest Asia, the Allies occupied strategic areas to protect supply routes. The eventual Allied victory in World War II further stimulated native expectations for independence and modernization in South and Southeast Asia.

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