By Gyan Prakash

After Colonialism bargains a clean examine the historical past of colonialism and the alterations in wisdom, disciplines, and identities produced by way of the imperial adventure. Ranging throughout disciplines--from historical past to anthropology to literary studies--and throughout regions--from India to Palestine to Latin the United States to Europe--the essays during this quantity reexamine colonialism and its aftermath. major literary students, historians, and anthropologists interact with contemporary theories and views of their particular reports, displaying the centrality of colonialism within the making of the fashionable global and delivering postcolonial reflections at the results and event of empire.

The contributions go historic research of texts with textual exam of old documents and situate metropolitan cultural practices in engagements with non-metropolitan destinations. Interdisciplinarity right here skill exploring and realigning disciplinary limitations. participants to After Colonialism contain Edward acknowledged, Steven Feierman, Joan Dayan, Ruth Phillips, Anthony Pagden, Leonard Blussé, Gauri Viswanathan, Zachary Lockman, Jorge Klor de Alva, Irene Silverblatt, Emily Apter, and Homi Bhabha.

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Western cultural forms can be taken out of the autonomous enclosures in which they have been protected, and placed instead in the dynamic global environment created by imperialism, itself revised as an ongoing contest between north and south, metropolis and periphery, white and native. We may thus consider imperialism as a process occurring as part of the metropolitan culture, which at times acknowledges, at other times obscures the sustained business of the empire itself. The important point—a very Gramscian one—is how the national British, French, and American cultures maintain hegemony over the peripheries.

D. dissertations in African history and many continue to do research after the doctorate. The growth in numbers has therefore AFRICA IN HISTORY 41 led to an enormous expansion in knowledge. The most obvious consequence of this expansion has been to show that what was once thought to be a universal history was in fact very partial and very selective. The narrative of human history that many Western historians held at that time could no longer stand. We can trace the process by which history undermined itself from within, by which knowledge grew and brought itself into doubt, by examining a number of books about history on a world scale, all of them published during the years of African history’s growth.

John Stuart Mill, Principles of Political Economy, ed. J. M. Robson (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1965), 3:693. CHAPTER 2 Africa in History: The End of Universal Narratives STEVEN FEIERMAN THE STORY of “African history,” its recent emergence as a field of scholarly knowledge, shows that the expansion of the historian’s world to new subject areas cannot be pictured only as a process of addition—as the growth of a fund of knowledge. The expansion of Africanist knowledge in the years since 1960 has had profoundly subversive effects on general historical learning.

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