After colonialism: imperial histories and postcolonial by Gyan Prakash

By Gyan Prakash

After Colonialism deals a clean examine the historical past of colonialism and the alterations in wisdom, disciplines, and identities produced by way of the imperial adventure. Ranging throughout disciplines--from background to anthropology to literary studies--and throughout regions--from India to Palestine to Latin the US to Europe--the essays during this quantity reexamine colonialism and its aftermath. prime literary students, historians, and anthropologists have interaction with contemporary theories and views of their particular stories, exhibiting the centrality of colonialism within the making of the fashionable global and supplying postcolonial reflections at the results and event of empire.

The contributions move ancient research of texts with textual exam of historic files and situate metropolitan cultural practices in engagements with non-metropolitan destinations. Interdisciplinarity right here capability exploring and realigning disciplinary obstacles. participants to After Colonialism contain Edward acknowledged, Steven Feierman, Joan Dayan, Ruth Phillips, Anthony Pagden, Leonard Blussé, Gauri Viswanathan, Zachary Lockman, Jorge Klor de Alva, Irene Silverblatt, Emily Apter, and Homi Bhabha.

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It was from all over the world . . that Europe was now drawing a substantial part of her strength and substance. 14 This is a rather strange statement, lumping together much of the world simply on the basis that it is not Europe, and proposing to ignore nonEurope on its own terms. Braudel describes African developments, in particular, in terms of racial essences. In his view all civilization originated from the north, radiating southward. ”15 Braudel’s understanding of historical space is usually a subtle one in which each spatial frame is carefully differentiated.

This is a tremendous task for any individual, but a whole new generation of scholars and intellectuals from the Third World is engaged on just such an undertaking. Here a word of caution and prudence is required. Consider the uneasy relationship between nationalism and liberation, two ideals or goals for people engaged against imperialism. In the main it is true that the creation of very many newly independent nation-states in the post-colonial world has succeeded in re-establishing the primacy of what has been called imagined communities, parodied and mocked by writers like V.

The salutary vision of a “world literature” that acquired a redemptive status in the twentieth century coincides with what theorists of colonial geography also articulated. In the writings of Halford Mackinder, George Chisolm, Georges Hardy, Leroy-Beaulieu, and Lucien Fevre, a much franker appraisal of the world system appears, equally metrocentric and imperial; but instead of history alone, now both empire and actual geographical space collaborate to produce a “world-empire” commanded by Europe.

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