A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Thought in English

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Columbia University Press, 2005 - History - 574 pages
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From the triumphs of nationalism and political and cultural independence to the continuing problems of internal strife and poverty, postcolonial nations have grappled with a range of political, intellectual, and economic issues. A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Thought in English is a comprehensive introduction to the major events, figures, and movements that have shaped the postcolonial history of the Anglophone world. With entries from more than fifty leading scholars arranged alphabetically by topic, this volume brings together the postcolonial histories of Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific, the Caribbean, and Canada. Each entry provides a summary of a historical event or topic and suggestions for further readings. The volume also includes substantive essays on historiography and women's histories. By outlining the cultural, social, and political contexts of postcolonialism as well as examining elements of colonial history, this companion illuminates complex contemporary debates about globalization, AIDS, immigration, race, politics, economics, culture, and language.


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David Johnson is lecturer in the Department of Literature at The Open University and is the coauthor of Shakespeare 1609: Cymbeline and the Sonnets and Jurisprudence: A South African Perspective. He is also the coeditor of A Shakespeare Reader: Sources and Criticism.Prem Poddar is lecturer in English at Aarhus University, Denmark, and is the editor of Translating Nations.

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