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Empire, Colony, Postcolony (Paperback) (Robert J. C. Young)

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"Robert Young's new book develops a lucid and powerful understanding of the postcolonial as affiliated with other sites of a general struggle for justice, including gender, class, and the environment. Modest in size, it is strikingly ambitious, and in effect it delivers a history of the world and the ideas that have shaped it, from a global perspective."

Douglas Kerr, Hong Kong University

"This book presents a synoptic, thoughtful, critical survey of key ideas, concepts, and historical patterns in the study of empires, colonialisms, and their various `posts.' But it also does much more than that. It offers original, often contentious ideas on many aspects of this huge field. It is a balanced overview, but unafraid of venturing into controversy where needed. The relevant intellectual worlds have often been seen as sharply divided between historians and social scientists on one hand, literary and cultural theorists on the other. Young's work brilliantly shows how these separate spheres can be brought together."

Stephen Howe, University of Bristol

This key introduction to the field explains in clear and accessible language the historical and theoretical origins of the political formations of empire, colony, postcolony, nation, and globalization. Providing a clear and effective historical narrative for students, the text leads readers through the experience of colonization, and in particular, of being colonized. At the same time, Young provides a lucid exposition of the historical, political, and ideological dimensions of the related concepts of colonialism, imperialism, nationalism, and postcolonialism, with in-depth explanations of these categories which relate them to historical issues such as slavery, as well as to contemporary political issues such as globalization, migration, and events in the Middle East. The development and scope of the field of postcolonial studies is vast; this invaluable and unique text distills the subject to the central arguments, ideas, and lines of historical development, allowing students access to the most important historical contexts and to a social--political contextualization of postcolonial studies and the world in which we live today.
Number of Pages: 208
Genre: History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Author: Robert J. C. Young
Language: English
Street Date: September 8, 2015
TCIN: 17174144
UPC: 9781405193559
Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-8259
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