Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction (Anglais) Broché – 9 juillet 2001
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"In pursuing the historical past of postcolonial discourse, Robert Young makes a truly insightful and inventive contribution to the development of the field. His intricate and exhaustive study finds its inspiration in the exhilarating events and ideals of anti–colonialist struggle. Inspired by the imaginative spirit of emancipation, Young argues that the great anti–colonial movements were also transformative and hybrid moments that reshaped both power and knowledge. The fine achievement of this provocative account lies in reviving and revising the remarkable dawning of the Third World as we emerge into the global conceits of the third millennium." Homi K. Bhabha, Harvard University
"Robert Young points postcolonial studies in new directions, paradoxically by offering a timely reminder of the field′s historical beginnings in anticolonial struggles. This book combines scholarship and polemic admirably in its project of situating and redirecting postcolonial studies today. It is a major work, marking a turning–point in thinking and research in the field." Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, Nehru Memorial Library, New Delhi
"Steadfastly avoiding the glib formulas and fashionable notions with which Eng Lit is now awash, Young gives us instead a meticulously researched, soberly detailed set of histories – of classical European colonialism, international socialism, and a range of nationalist movements from China and Egypt to Cuba and Algeria. The result is a timely portrait of the various unsavoury ways in which the West has sought cynically to derail emancipation of others while prating piously of its own liberties." Terry Eagleton, Times Literary Supplement
"Young (Oxford) offers a panoramic view of the political and intellectual origins of postcolonial thought. Young helpfully synthesizes a great deal of material. In addition to the canonical topics, he covers some that are neglected by most scholars. Highly recommended for upper–division undergraduates through faculty." Choice
"Young does a brilliant job in laying the foundations for the further understanding of this urgent dilemma." Times Higher Education Supplement
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Young demonstrates, however, that what was characteristic of these anticolonial movements was the way in which they integrated Marxist critiques of colonialism with their own specific local cultures and social conditions (particularly, in the case of many colonies, the impoverished lives of the landless peasantry). In three brilliant chapters, Young shows how the situation in India was markedly different from that of most other colonies, particularly as a result of the influence of India's foremost anticolonial activist, Gandhi. This different history, he suggests, partly accounts for why much of contemporary postcolonial theorising has emerged from India. In a fascinating chapter on the role of women in the anti-colonial movements, Young argues that in many ways postcolonial theory has elaborated revolutionary ideas first developed by subaltern women activists during the colonial period.
Overall, this made me rethink my whole attitude to postcolonialism, showing me how it is fundamentally the product of over a century of `third world' political activism that has been engaged in rethinking as well as contesting the ideologies of western dominance. It is striking that while there are many books on colonialism and imperialism, this is the first book to provide a history of the anticolonial movements and to analyse their achievements. One long-term goal of many anti-colonial intellectual-activists was to revolutionise thinking in the academy - a process that is now on-going through the intervention of postcolonial theory itself.