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Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction, Anniversary Edition



Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction, Anniversary Edition

Robert J. C. Young

ISBN: 978-1-118-89686-0 October 2016 Wiley-Blackwell 536 Pages


This seminal work—now available in a 15th anniversary edition with a new preface—is a thorough introduction to the historical and theoretical origins of postcolonial theory.

  • Provides a clearly written and wide-ranging account of postcolonialism, empire, imperialism, and colonialism, written by one of the leading scholars on the topic
  • Details the history of anti-colonial movements and their leaders around the world, from Europe and Latin America to Africa and Asia
  • Analyzes the ways in which freedom struggles contributed to postcolonial discourse by producing fundamental ideas about the relationship between non-western and western societies and cultures
  • Offers an engaging yet accessible style that will appeal to scholars as well as introductory students

Preface to the Anniversary Edition ix

Preface to the First Edition xxvi

Acknowledgements xxix

1 Colonialism and the Politics of Postcolonial Critique 1

Part I Concepts in History 13

2 Colonialism 15

3 Imperialism 25

4 Neocolonialism 44

5 Postcolonialism 57

Part II European Anti-colonialism 71

6 Las Casas to Bentham 73

7 Nineteenth‐Century Liberalism 88

8 Marx on Colonialism and Imperialism 101

Part III The Internationals 113

9 Socialism and Nationalism: The First International to the Russian Revolution 115

10 The Third International, to the Baku Congress of the Peoples of the East 127

11 The Women’s International, the Third and the Fourth Internationals 140

Part IV Theoretical Practices of the Freedom Struggles 159

12 The National Liberation Movements: Introduction 161

13 Marxism and the National Liberation Movements 167

14 China, Egypt, Bandung 182

15 Latin America I: Mariátegui, Transculturation and Cultural Dependency 193

16 Latin America II: Cuba: Guevara, Castro and the Tricontinental 204

17 Africa I: Anglophone African Socialism 217

18 Africa II: Nkrumah and Pan‐Africanism 236

19 Africa III: The Senghors and Francophone African Socialism 253

20 Africa IV: Fanon/Cabral 274

21 The Subject of Violence: Algeria, Ireland 293

22 India I: Marxism in India 308

23 India II: Gandhi’s Counter‐modernity 317

Part V Formations of Postcolonial Theory 335

24 India III: Hybridity and Subaltern Agency 337

25 Women, Gender and Anti‐colonialism 360

26 Edward Said and Colonial Discourse 383

27 Foucault in Tunisia 395

28 Subjectivity and History: Derrida in Algeria 411

Epilogue: Tricontinentalism, for a Transnational Social Justice 427

Letter in Response from Jacques Derrida 429

Bibliography 432

Index 476