East Asia 1945
Occupation of Japan
US forces arrived in Tokyo in late August to accept the formal Japanese surrender and begin the occupation of Japan ...
Southern Asia 1945
Japanese Surrender in South-East Asia
On 15 August 1945, Japan agreed to unconditional surrender, bringing an end to World War II. However, it would take ...
Sub-Saharan Africa 1947
In 1946 the French Fourth Republic replaced the French Empire with the French Union - an attempt to assimilate the French ...
East Asia 1947
Indonesian War of Independence
Indonesian nationalists had proclaimed independence two days after the Japanese surrender, beginning a war to liberate the East Indies from ...
Southern Asia 1947
Partition of India
The end of World War II saw British India in a state of increasing unrest, with debt-ridden Britain unwilling to ...
East Asia 1954
First Indochina War
In Indochina, France had been struggling with Vietnamese communist-nationalists, the Viet Minh, since 1946. When the Viet Minh invaded Laos ...
End of Soviet Influence in China
The Korean War was effectively ended with a formal ceasefire in 1953. With the immediate threat from the West over ...
Sub-Saharan Africa 1956
Independence of Sudan
In 1953 Egyptian revolutionaries deposed the last King of Egypt and the Sudan, signing a treaty with the British the ...
East Asia 1959
China under Mao
Following the end of the Korean War in 1953 and France's Indochina War in 1954, China began to move ...
East Asia 1963
Formation of Malaysia
In 1961, Indonesia attacked Dutch New Guinea. The dispute was resolved by the United Nations, which transferred the territory to ...