By Henry Schwarz, Sangeeta Ray
This quantity examines the tumultuous alterations that experience happened and are nonetheless taking place within the aftermath of ecu colonization of the globe from 1492 to 1947.
- Ranges broadly over the main issues, areas, theories and practices of postcolonial study
- Presents unique essays by way of the best proponents of postcolonial learn within the Americas, Europe, India, Africa, East and West Asia
- Provides transparent introductions to the most important social and political events underlying colonization and decolonization, obtainable histories of the literature and tradition, and separate areas tormented by ecu colonization
- Features introductory essays at the significant thinkers and highbrow faculties that experience knowledgeable options of nationwide liberation worldwide
- Offers an incisive precis of the lengthy heritage and idea of recent eu colonization in neighborhood aspect and international scale
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Donald Pease’s contribution debunks the American exceptionalist position that the US has not been a colonizing state, and restores the virtually universal perception outside the US that America is in fact a globally dominant oppressor nation whose international relations are pragmatic and self-interested. As we move through the next eight regions covered, we begin to realize that the dominant truth of world history over the last 500 years has been European conquest and control of territory and people everywhere.
As that is such a vast and unstable term, this section will describe the organization of the book and suggest some ways in which it might function as a textbook for courses in postcolonial culture, world history, commonwealth literature or other fields of study. The first Part, “Historical and Theoretical Issues,” is a thematic summary of the broad outlines of postcolonial studies in the first sense described above, including basic definitions about colonialism, imperialism, and decolonization in the modern world (Larsen).
The publication of Edward Said’s canonical work Orientalism in 1978 is widely considered to be the hallmark text of postcolonial studies as a field, and in some ways it can be read as a manifesto of the new influence wielded within the US by this professional class. Orientalism can be read as a symptom of the divide between specifically American attitudes toward ethnicity and the general indifference of the American population toward the world at large. Orientalism is a profoundly American book in that it views the ideology of American exceptionalism as true; that is to say, it takes America’s representation of itself as a given, and then reacts against that representation from the perspective of one excluded from it.