Colonialism: a theoretical overview
?Osterhammel?s book offers a concise conceptualframework in which to place furtherconsiderations of aspects of the fundamentalphenomenon of colonialism. No smallaccomplishment for a small book.??Journal of World History?Insightful and often brilliant??Int?l. Journal of African StudiesCOLONIALISM: A THEORETICAL OVERVIEWJURGEN OSTERHAMMEL SHELLEY L. FRISCH, TRANSLATORWITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT TIGNOR?Osterhammel?s book represents a new approach to the subject.The concise but sweeping study encompasses the process of colonizationand decolonization from the early modern period to thetwentieth century.?Virtually all other studies to date have looked at strategies ofcolonial conquest, exploitation, and rule from the imperial pointof view. Osterhammel shows that the colonial situation developedin ways that duplicated neither the metropolis nor the pre-colonialsociety, but instead blended these and added a new directioncharacteristic only of colonial realms. He emphasizes that the Europeanswere normally not considered dangerous invaders by localpopulations until they threatened the traditional cultures with missionaries,European schools, and bureaucracy.?A conviction of imperial cultural superiority gave modern colonialisman aggressive turn. The result was ethnic and social stratification in the colonial society, even when colonists took over thepre-colonial administration and society as the British did in India.??Midwest Book ReviewJURGEN OSTERHAMMEL, University of Constance, is the author of theaward-winning book China and World Society. He provided a newbibliography for this edition.
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