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Colonialism & modernity.


Colonialism & modernity.

Gillen, Paul and Devleena Ghosh.

U. of New South Wales Press


271 pages




The authors (both of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, U. of Technology, Sydney, Australia) present an interdisciplinary examination of European colonialism and the rise of modernity. They first provide a big picture sketch of 500 years of history in chapters titled "The Rise of Europe 1450-1789," "Reason and Revolution 1648-1815," "Industry and Imperialism 1780-1914," and "Crisis and Aftermath 1914-." They then adopt a more thematic approach, offering chapters concerned with European debates over the ethics of colonialism, anti-colonial nationalisms, the relationship between colonialism and culture, the roles of race and gender in colonialism and modernity (and in resistance to colonialism and modernity), and changes in the understandings and uses of time. In exploring these topics they draw on history, philosophy, political science, economics, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, cultural studies, and postcolonial studies.

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Date:May 1, 2008
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