Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies

The Memory of Colonialism in Britain and France

The Sins of Silence

Authors: Lotem, Itay

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  • Compares how Britain and France address their colonial histories, exploring how memories of colonialism have been expressed and silenced
  • Examines the role of activists, politicians, journalists and professional historians in inciting public conversation about the colonial past
  • Explores the importance of colonial history to the ongoing, politicised public debates over national identity in both Britain and France
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This book explores national attitudes to remembering colonialism in Britain and France. By comparing these two former colonial powers, the author tells two distinct stories about coming to terms with the legacies of colonialism, the role of silence and the breaking thereof. Examining memory through the stories of people who incited public conversation on colonialism: activists; politicians; journalists; and professional historians, this book argues that these actors mobilised the colonial past to make sense of national identity, race and belonging in the present. In focusing on memory as an ongoing, politicised public debate, the book examines the afterlife of colonial history as an element of political and social discourse that depends on actors’ goals and priorities. A thought-provoking and powerful read that explores the divisive legacies of colonialism through oral history, this book will appeal to those researching imperialism, collective memory and cultural identity. 

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Itay Lotem is a Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Westminster, UK. He has published in academic journals like Modern and Contemporary France, French Politics, Culture and Society and French History in addition to appearances in the media.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Memory of Colonialism in Britain and France
Book Subtitle
The Sins of Silence
Authors
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-63719-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-63719-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-63718-7
Series ISSN
2635-1633
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 428
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