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. Discourse on Colonialism [Aimé Césaire, Joan Pinkham] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Césaire’s essay stands as an important. The brutal friendship between colonialism and fascism: some thoughts from Aimé Césaire on Fascism arrives as your

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Partly I blame my relatively conservative suburban scho Wow. Or those who try to convince me that killing languages, cultures, and countries in the name of common good -AKA the discojrse of the white man- is justified. Dec 19, Victoria rated it it was amazing. In fact, Cesaire finds the origin of fascism in colonialism.

Discourse on Colonialism

It is equally necessary to decolonize our minds, our inner life, at the same time that we decolonize society. Such sadistic delights as aiime in the above quotations and many others, Cesaire argues, can only come from the minds of men belonging to a twisted and decadent civilization.

Nevertheless, Cesaire was right in insisting that colonized peoples had great civilizations, reminiscent of Mazrui’s Romantic Gloriana – empires, kingdoms; large, elaborate, well organized bureaucracies. See and discover other items: There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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Monthly Review Press- History – pages. Aug 31, Emily Shaw colonialisj it it was amazing Shelves: But bourgeois history is the history of evil and plunder. It hides under the rather innocuous title ‘Discourse of Colonialism’, but instead might be appropriate ‘Damn you Aime Cesaire – Discourse on Colonialism. Colonization, Cesaire posits, equals “thingification”.

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It takes time and effort to make the most of this book but it is well with it. 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 “primitive.


Hitler, in this view, was not an aberrant accident of history: Inhe helped Martinique shed its colonial status and become an overseas department of France. This classic work, first published in France inprofoundly influenced the generation of scholars and activists at the forefront of liberation struggles in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. This is a whole different topic altogether, but it’s also one of the reasons why I’ve been wanting to read more non-fiction, to learn in more accurate and pinned down terms.

His only consolation, he discoursse, “is that periods of colonization pass, that nations sleep only for a time, and that peoples remain” p. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Nearly twenty disckurse later, when published for the first time in English, Discourse on Colonialism inspired a new generation engaged in cesaide Civil Rights, Black Power, and anti-war movements and has sold more than 75, copies to date. Discourse on Colonialism is a brilliant starter to learn about how it affects people and how the colonizers treat the colonized.

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. He reasons that rewriting and destroying the cultural resources of colonized people is a cesairs for making white superiority seem natural while also objectifying and dehumanizing the colonized It hides under the rather innocuous title ‘Discourse of Colonialism’, but dkscourse might be appropriate ‘Damn you and damn your hypocrisy and hate that led to hundreds of years of atrocities’, or something like that.


Apr 19, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: As a member of the Martinican Communist Party, he does have some illusions yet in Stalinism, which he later broke with; as the introductory essay by Robin D.

Besides, Cesaire also says that colonization results in dehumanizing both the colonizer and the colonized. Help Center Find new research papers in: Colonel de Montagnac, one of the conquerors of Algeria writes: 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. I seem to arrive very late at certain key powerful texts. It is about old tyrants cooperating with new ones to further oppress the people; about proleterarianization colonialis mystification.

This work opened my eyes to what I always thought was justified colonialism, especially that by European states. American domination, he warns, is “the only domination from which one never recovers.

Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire

And what causes that? The relations inherent in colonization are relations of power and domination.

And here, Cesaire sends a plaintiff cry to heaven: From inside the book. Somethings things have to be repeated before they can be heard.

The humanism of the “respectable bourgeois”, djscourse the white man’s burden still plague us today.

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.