Discourse on Colonialism [Aimé Césaire, Joan Pinkham] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Césaire’s essay stands as an important. Today as a new European universalism organizes itself, and U.S. led globalization experiments with manifest destiny. Aime Cesaire’s Discourse on Colonialism. Half a century later Aimé Césaire’s Discourse on Colonialism has lost nothing of its dynamism and incantory power. Robin Kelley’s introduction is a valuable tool.

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That would be an education that could never be called boring or irrelevant. It is equally necessary to decolonize our minds, our inner life, at the same time that we decolonize society. Mannoni, “who has an answer for everything”, would come up with a fitting response and justification in favor of the superior civilization.

It is claimed that it is one of the pioneering works in the study of post colonialism.

Discourse on Colonialism

Kelly which is titled as “A Poetics of Anticolonialism. It should have been possible for a well-informed man in to see that country for what it was. It’s not necessarily handy for learning what colonialism is, but it’s colonialissm for knowing how it affects people, especially Black people. Everyone, everyone, everyone should read this at some point, preferably it should be required in high school.

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For its part, Europe must generate itself anew or sink into “mortal darkness”. These races love to be ruled because they cannot rule themselves.


That state is just imperialism with a new coat of paint. They were cooperative societies, fraternal societies.

The power of the colonized peoples in the face of colonial oppression and repression in the colonies, Cesaire suggests, lies in the cezaire that they know that Europe is lying and therefore weak.

Because Hitler applied colonialism to white people—not to brown people—and this was an unforgivable mistake. Seriously should be apart of everyday discourse because it was written how long ago and too many things persist today.

Cesaire argues that Nazism is not unique. Particularly interesting in the light of the history of the later twentieth century, he warns Europe that without eliminating colonialism and allying with the decolonized countries the Europeans themselves will become part of a new American Empire.

Later when Hitler took the same measures of treatment reserved for the colonized to the white people of Europe, the Europeans coloniakism not understand.

The Introduction by Robin Kelley is worth the price of the book alone, I read it after I had finished the discourse, not only is it full of valuable information on the Anti Colonialist movement of the time, it really captures the essence of the discourse itself. But bourgeois history is the history of evil and plunder.

Discourse on colonialism

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. And well, this is a very popular non-fiction book so what I’m saying isn’t much different. We hear complaints about the state of American education at times. No, he argues, colonialism is not about the destruction of local tyrants.

Discourse on colonialism

This book is literally the first book I’ve ever read where I didn’t skip the introduction or notes written dicourse Robin D. Free and French in the Caribbean: Dec 23, Randall Wallace rated it it was amazing.


I thought this was brilliant. The discourse can be read in a couple of hours, it is intriguing in that it is by no means a purely factual, scientific essay, rather its an appeal to the soul.

But colonialism’s civilizing mission, with all its Hitlerian undertones, was simply, Cesaire suggests, the parting whimpers of a dying civilization, a dying class, for “it is an implacable law that every decadent class finds itself turned into a receptacle into which flows all the dirty waters of history; that it is a universal law that before it disappears, every class must first disgrace itself completely, on all fronts, and that it is with their heads buried in the dunghill that dying societies utter their swan songs” p.

It had “overthrown, one after another, the ramparts behind which European civilization could have developed freely” p. Hitler, in this view, was not an aberrant accident of history: He does all this and more in less than seventy pages. So, naturally his writing is poetic than academic. The parallels today are clearly visible, with Holocaust memorial day approaching there are lessons to be learnt from.