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Discourse on Colonialism

I thought this was brilliant. It is essentially a manifesto against colonialism, which made many points for the first time that have since become obvious to anyone who thinks politically.

Review CA c saire’s essay stands as an important document in the development of third world consciousness–a process in which [he] played a prominent role.

Why not Columbus or Cortez or Pizarro—men who also left a bloody trail of corpses and despair? So that part was interesting because I know absolutely nothing about this guy.

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The Colonizer and the Colonized. He only examines it. A civilization that uses its principles for trickery and deceit is a dying civilization. As a result, he envisions the revolution coming from a unified third world instead of a unified proletariat, and aie this third world unification would be built upon the shared experience of white colonialization Does this historical fiction novel sound like a White supremacist wrote it?

Cooonialism cites the Soviet Union as a possible source of post-colonial liberation.

Discourae, it is not a mere illogical blabber. Why did he become the poster boy for evil? One person found this helpful. An Independent Socialist Magazine Car on vous jugera du jugement dont vous jugez, et l’on vous mesurera avec la mesure dont vous mesurez. It is equally necessary to decolonize our minds, our inner life, at the same time that we decolonize dsicourse. Feb disdourse, Ioana rated it it was amazing Shelves: He proves it citing many examples from the historical, religious, philosophical and literary records.


Nearly twenty years later, when published for the first time in English, Discourse on Colonialism inspired a new generation engaged in the Civil Rights, Black Power, and anti-war movements and has sold more than 75, copies to date. It’s that “Europe is Undefinable”, that’s quite right.

It is a matter of the Revolution – the one which, until such a time as there is cesire classless society, will substitute for the narrow tyranny of a dehumanized bourgeoisie the preponderance of the only class that still has a universal mission, because it suffers in its flesh from all the wrongs of history, from all the universal wrongs: I haven’t heard of him til I found and bought this book.

A searing, clear-sighted denunciation in shining prose of European, particularly French, colonial hypocrisy that has lost none of its relevance as apologists om empire and crypto-racists still are plentiful throughout the Western world. They were cooperative societies, fraternal societies. Monthly Review Press- History – pages. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. These races love to be ruled because they cannot rule themselves.

But that does not mean it is purely fictional. Aime Cesaire eloquently describes the brutal impact of capitalism and colonialism on both the colonizer and colonized, exposing the contradictions and hypocrisy implicit in western notions of “progress” and “civilization” upon encountering the “savage,” “uncultured,” or qime.

To further highlight the barbarism of colonization, Cesaire quotes a number of colonial officers recounting some of their actions against colonized peoples. Additionally, he referred to Marxist theory and criticized the ” bourgeoiscapitalistic European culture and said that capitalism would always disintegrate into Nazism”. There is considerable focus on European cultivation of fascism, its colinialism to destroy it but instead embrace it while neglecting its colonialist links, aike comes the feigned shock of that failure.

The country of foreign races must become once again a country of serfs, of agricultural laborers, or industrial workers. According to them Hitler’s crime was not the crime against human being or a human dignity. This work opened my eyes to what I always thought was justified colonialism, especially that by European states.

Love his honestly poignant style too, interested in reading more. Colonialism, Cesaire argues, decivilizes, dehumanizes, brutalizes and degrades the colnoialism.


If someone is interested in decolonising her mind, this books is a must read. He cites for special mention writers like Gourou, who claims that civilization is only found in the temperate zones, that the tropical zones never had civilizations; of men like the Belgian missionary Reverend Temple, whose book Bantu Philosophy purported to counteract the forces of “communistic materialism” and colinialism the Negroes from being turned by that devilish ideology into “moral vagabonds. An angry snarl of resentment and righteous anger, wime indictment of centuries of crimes.

The entire gamut of European elites, Cesaire argues – from journalists, to sociologists, theologians and academics – share responsibility for the crime of colonialism.

The book moves from condemnation of wars and injustice, to attacks on now-obscure colonial theorists and ‘racialists’.

Until that time, Cesaire suggests, the peoples of Western Europe were accomplices to horrendous crimes comparable to the crimes of the German Nazis and Italian Fascists. It was a really nice and simple style used to describe and analyse a question that long has been on top. Dec 23, Randall Wallace rated it it was amazing. Colonizers treat others like they are less human and needs to be tamed while colonized starts suffering from inferiority complex and gets alienated with his own identity.

Cesaire said it first and said it pointedly.

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It occupies little space in the text, but I hold back from a fifth star because of the author’s naivety about the Soviet Union, which he tentatively suggests as an experiment for a better system. This is a famous book, written by a man born in the Caribbean, and educated for a time there and then in France.

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