Decolonization: Perspectives from Now and Then

Decolonization: Perspectives from Now and Then

Decolonization: Perspectives from Now and Then

Decolonization: Perspectives from Now and Then

Synopsis

Decolonization is a collection of revisionist writings on the phenomenon. It brings together the most cutting edge thinking by major historians of decolonization, including previously unpublished essays, and writings by leaders of decolonizing countries, including Ho Chi-minh and Jawaharlal Nehru. The chapters in this volume present a move away from Western analysis of decolonization, towards the angle of vision of the former colonies.This is a groundbreaking study of a subject central to recent global history that answers important questions such as:* Is decolonization complete?* What replaces former colonial controls after independence?* Are Western historical frameworks adequate to describe decolonization?This is a book that really should be on the bookshelf of any historian or student of decolonization.

Excerpt

Few subjects are as appropriate as decolonization for this series. In part, because of the increasing interconnection among all parts of the globe, the subject retains political ramifications. Whether colonization and decolonization have completed their course even remains under debate, and continues to influence the writing and revision of this phenomenon. This volume begins with the views of significant past participants in decolonization who sought to frame the process that would free their own areas from outside domination. Although scholars’ views constitute the last two sections of this collection and all regard colonization negatively, they hold differing assumptions about the current place of the colonizers and the decolonized. Because of its limited embrace of old-style colonization but in its role in the modern world order, the place of the United States plays a significant and varying role in these analyses. With so many basic assumptions still undecided, this collection brings to the fore some of the best contributions in a field still much in the process of being rewritten. The vibrancy of the debates, coupled to theoretical awareness and careful research, makes this volume a guidepost for experienced as well as novice historians.

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