Decolonization: Perspectives from Now and Then (Rewriting by P. Duara

By P. Duara

Decolonization brings jointly the main state of the art pondering by means of significant historians of decolonization, together with formerly unpublished essays and writings by way of leaders of decolonizing nations together with Ho Chi-Minh and Jawaharlal Nehru. The chapters during this quantity current a circulation clear of Western research of decolonizaton and as an alternative circulate in the direction of the attitude of imaginative and prescient of the previous colonies. this can be a ground-breaking research of a topic relevant to fresh international background.

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Among them is the cosmopolitanism of their thought which grew out of a belief in an egalitarian socialist future, a sense of solidarity with the oppressed peoples, and a growing sense of confidence in an age-old civilizational tradition. This cosmopolitanism permitted them to oppose Social Darwinism and the Western idea of an imperialist, material civilization. At the same time, their ideas and actions also reveal a struggle to create a disciplined new nation, modelled, ironically, on the Western nation-state that they opposed.

Political control over these areas was at best informal and frequently multiple and changing: different neighbouring polities might make claims to them if and when they could or cared to. Many communities in these regions remained largely untouched by state power. During the period of colonial empires, several developments took place that were to leave a different heritage for decolonizing nations. First, as a modern state, the colonial state was built upon the imperative that all global resources be controlled by territorially sovereign polities, whether nations or empires.

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