What is the different about colonialism and anti-colonialism?

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Well, there are two kinds of colonialism, according to most historians:  The first where a more powerful country assumes control of the government and production of a smaller country, and the second where a country assumes control and brings a large number of settlers to live in and settle the new colony.  This of course can occur where there is an existing community or in the absence of one.

Anti-colonialism is based particularly on the idea that outside forces intervening in the affairs of an indiginous population or community is immoral and that it generally causes problems that take decades if not centuries to be resolved.  It has grown in power since the heavily colonial periods of the 18th and 19th and even early 20th century as parts of the world that were colonized have struggled to get out from under the shadow of various problems and damage created during the colonial rule.

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