Discourse on Colonialism is an essay by Aimé Césaire, a poet and politician from Martinique who helped found the négritude movement in Francophone. 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. Aime Cesaire – Discourse on Colonialism By Baba G. Jallow Cesaire begins his Discourse on Colonialism with a severe indictment of Western civilization.

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Hitler, in this view, was not an aberrant accident of history: This happens to be one of my favorite books. So that part was interesting because I know absolutely nothing about this guy. He was only the latest in a long line of European conquerors that have subjugated and victimized millions of people since History and culture and ethnography, contrary to the claims of colonial apologists like Callois, belong to a universal cosmology.

He writes that Hitler differed in the eyes of the Europeans because he “applied to Europe colonialist procedures which until then had been reserved exclusively for the Arabs of Algeria disxourse, the ‘ coolies ‘ of India and the ‘ niggers ‘ of Africa”, meaning that, by persecuting white Europeans, Hitler produced violence most commonly reserved for non-white populations.

A book I will certainly recommend as a short introduction to modern politics. Dec 11, Donna-marie Cole-malott rated it it was amazing. He regularly quotes European views on colonialism only to subsequently debunk them thoroughly, although not with what would be referred to as scientific proof, as he clearly has no interest or need in doing that. Great piece of rhetoric pointing out the fascist rot of European so-called civilisation.

That aside, the moral clarity and righteous indignation on display here make it a timeless, discoursd essay.

Dec 23, Randall Wallace rated it it was amazing. The parallels today are clearly visible, with Holocaust memorial day approaching there are lessons to be learnt from. A searing, clear-sighted denunciation in shining prose of European, particularly Coolonialism, colonial hypocrisy that has lost none of its relevance as apologists of empire and crypto-racists still are plentiful throughout the Western world.


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Car on vous jugera du jugement dont vous jugez, et l’on vous mesurera avec la mesure dont vous mesurez. Of course, I had to underline a lot of sentences, not only for research, but also because I liked them. 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.

Another amie, Count d’Herisson, declares: It is humanism of white men.

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Cesaire argues that Nazism is not unique. I honestly wasn’t sure what that meant at first and it’s something that I quite commonly see for books about topics that pertain to society. The salvation of Europe, he concludes, “is not a matter of a revolution in methods.

It is “about societies drained of their essence, colonialims trampled underfoot, institutions undermined, lands confiscated, religions smashed, magnificent artistic creations destroyed, extraordinary possibilities wiped out.

Does this historical fiction novel sound like a White supremacist wrote it? The editor, Robin D. His writing is delicate yet strong and sarcastic.

Colonialism is founded on a venomous ideology – an ideology of racial and cultural hierarchy. We are roughly introduced to the concept of negritudewhich for the author means recovering the shared African past for all the ai,e black people in order not to feel apologetic about working toward a shared black future, and the philosophical seeds that would sprout in Fanon’s Black Skins, White Masks and Glisant’s essays are apparent.

Monthly Review Press- History – pages. It is equally necessary to decolonize our minds, our inner life, at the same time that we decolonize society. Cet essai nous en apprends plus sur le regard coloniallism certains occidentaux sur le reste du monde. Mostly I think this is axe-to-grind anti-union murmurings, piling on the already harried and underpaid teachers. 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.

Discourse on Colonialism

Open Preview See a Problem? Everyone, everyone, everyone should read this at some point, preferably it should be required in high school.


Goodreads helps you keep colonialims of books you want to read. It is a matter of the Revolution – the one which, until such a time as there is a 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 ajme And the font was so tiny I would need a magnifying glass, especially at that time because my glasses were way past my prescription, when I got my new glasses finally, the world was so clear and sparkly.

Aug 27, Jeune Fille rated it it was amazing Shelves: This the book that started it all.

It was a really nice cesaide simple style used to describe and analyse a question that long has been on top. The book itself is not without flaws, but it helped to spark a movement, of peoples rising up and a radical change in intellectual discourse. The very idea was an oxymoron. Raise any objection to colonialism, Cesaire says, and M.

During World War II, he returned to Martinique and was mayor of Fort-de-France from toexcept diecourse a break from to I read the English version and it’s available in PDF online. What he is doing, he says, is helping create a news society, “a society rich with all the productive power of modern times, warm with all the fraternity of olden days” p.

The relations inherent in colonization are relations of power and domination. Oct 03, Zulqarnain Ali Zaki rated it it was amazing Shelves: Because Hitler applied colonialism to white people—not to brown people—and this was an discourae mistake.

He also served in France’s National Assembly from to and disfourse to Jul 25, Xian Xian rated it it was amazing Shelves: