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Discourse on colonialism

And what causes that? Oct 13, Stan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Every day that passes, every denial of justice, every beating by the police, every demand of the workers that is drowned in blood, every scandal that is hushed up, every punitive expedition, every police van, every gendarme and every militiaman, brings home to us the value of our old societies.

Quotes from Discourse on Colo One day after work I wandered north from the university and made my way through the upscale Fann quartier. He writes in poetic prose as, “a method of achieving clairvoyance, of obtaining the knowledge we need to move forward”.

Also, it is colonialis, a mere illogical blabber. I had first read the Discours years earlier in an undergraduate seminar. I quickly added the books to my basket and headed for the checkout.

This happens to be one of my favorite books. The point is, how have I got this far without reading it? How is it that in a mere 78 pages, Cesaire can eviscerate whole toxic regimes of thought with such bracing sarcasm and withering humor? But reading texts coloniakism this, 70 years old yet still a dizzying gut punch in only 78 pages!

The book moves from condemnation of wars and injustice, to attacks on now-obscure colonial theorists and ‘racialists’. He defines the relationship as one limited to ” forced laborintimidation, pressure, the police, taxation, theft, rape, compulsory crops, contempt, mistrust, arrogance, self-complacency, swinishness, brainless elites, degraded masses”.

And to buttress his point, Cesaire quotes Frobenius: He rejects his critics’ accusation that he is calling for a return to some past civilization. Car on vous jugera du jugement dont vous jugez, et l’on vous mesurera avec disciurse mesure dont vous mesurez.


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Great piece of rhetoric pointing out the fascist rot of European so-called civilisation. Colonialism does not just degenerate and weigh down the colonies, it degrades and brutalizes the European spirit. 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.

The author’s short essay, which comprises the book, is actually a fusion of some of his speeches and writings on colonialism. To calm his conscience born out of tortures rendered to the colonized or the mass killinghe considers the colonized as mere animal. The idea of France being integrated into other families was too monstrous to imagine, because a superior civilization cannot possibly be integrated into an inferior civilization. And the font was so tiny I would need a magnifying glass, especially at that time because my glasses were way past my prescri I bought this for my research paper, sometimes I do research papers as an excuse to read non-fiction I’ve been wanting to read.

Not far from my apartment was a centre commercial with a McDonalds, a bakery, and a Carrefoura French supermarket chain. Colonel de Montagnac, one of the conquerors of Algeria writes: The bourgeoisie, as a class, “is condemned to take responsibility for all the barbarism of history, the tortures of the Middle Ages and the Inquisition, war-mongering and the appeal to the raison d’Etat, racism and slavery, in short, everything against which it protested in unforgettable terms at a time when, as the attacking class, it was the incarnation of human progress” p.

You notice internalized racism in yourself and everyone else. For some examples showing that this is possible, we can look to the Soviet Union “. But you as an individual have to learn, take it all down or deconstruct it, in order to overcome it, and it’s a lifetime’s amount of work. This book is literally the first book I’ve ever read where I didn’t skip the introduction or notes written by Robin D.


The essay is provocative and reads smoothly.

Paperbackpages. I haven’t heard of him til I found and bought this book. A civilization that uses its principles for trickery and deceit is a dying civilization. This is one the five most influential critiques on Colonialism and the beginning of postcolonial literature; it was first published in In seeing and treating other people as animals, the colonizer transforms himself into an animal.

It’s that “Europe is Undefinable”, that’s quite right.

Discourse on Colonialism

Colonialism is founded on a venomous ideology – an ideology of racial and cultural hierarchy. These little nitpicks do not detract from the overall strength of his feeling. Cesaire combines poetry and history with a fierce and often humorous approach 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 that’s sort of a lie because I did write a paper on Genghis Khan and I had to read Jack Weatherford’s Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World which was boring, the way he wrote it was, I don’t understand why his telling is so popular.

He was only the latest in a long line of European conquerors that have subjugated and victimized millions of people since Jul 24, Naeem rated it really liked it.

Remember me on this computer. Evil is nothing new to man, Cesaire admits. An angry snarl of resentment and righteous anger, an indictment of centuries of crimes.

We could have a Negro Frenchman, but never a White Negro.