Anti-colonialism

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Abstract

In this chapter, I trace the long but neglected history of French anti-colonialism (focusing on opposition to France’s nineteenth-century empire). In many instances, it is not colonialism per se that has been opposed by French anti-colonialists but rather its violent excesses; that is, anti-colonialism has emerged as an indignant response to what is seen as the Republic’s failure to live up to its ideals, with Republican Universalism invoked as a principle to be upheld rather than critiqued. A more radical and sustained critique of empire, mainly but not solely the work of French colonial subjects (or their descendants) has denounced imperialism as inherently violent and incapable of being reformed, and it has castigated Republican Universalism as an ethnocentrism that dare not speak its name. This chapter will trace both lineages of French/Francophone anti-colonialism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPostcolonial Realms of Memory
Subtitle of host publicationSites and Symbols in Modern France
EditorsEtienne Achille, Charles Forsdick, Lydie Moudileno
Place of PublicationLiverpool
Pages334-342
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2020

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Anti-colonialism
Universalism
Republican
Nineteenth-century France
Ethnocentrism
Descendant
Colonialist
Colonialism
History
Colonies
Imperialism
Names
Ideal
Excess

Keywords

  • France
  • anti-colonialism
  • Republican Universalism

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Murphy, D. (2020). Anti-colonialism. In E. Achille, C. Forsdick, & L. Moudileno (Eds.), Postcolonial Realms of Memory: Sites and Symbols in Modern France (pp. 334-342). Liverpool.
Murphy, David. / Anti-colonialism. Postcolonial Realms of Memory: Sites and Symbols in Modern France. editor / Etienne Achille ; Charles Forsdick ; Lydie Moudileno. Liverpool, 2020. pp. 334-342
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Postcolonial Realms of Memory: Sites and Symbols in Modern France. ed. / Etienne Achille; Charles Forsdick; Lydie Moudileno. Liverpool, 2020. p. 334-342.

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