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Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

Enlightened Colonialism

Civilization Narratives and Imperial Politics in the Age of Reason

Editors: Tricoire, Damien (Ed.)

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  • Expands the debate on whether Enlightenment provided the cultural and intellectual origins of modern colonialism by exploring political and social practices
  • Brings together studies about the overseas empires of Britain, France, Spain, and Portugal as well as the continental empires of Russia and Austria
  • Explores the interaction and assimilationism between European, indigenous, creole, and mix-raced elites
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This book further qualifies the postcolonial thesis and shows its limits. To reach these goals, it links text analysis and political history on a global comparative scale. Focusing on imperial agents, their narratives of progress, and their political aims and strategies, it asks whether Enlightenment gave birth to a new colonialism between 1760 and 1820.

Has Enlightenment provided the cultural and intellectual origins of modern colonialism? For decades, historians of political thought, philosophy, and literature have debated this question. On one side, many postcolonial authors believe that enlightened rationalism helped delegitimize non-European cultures. On the other side, some historians of ideas and literature are willing to defend at least some eighteenth-century philosophers whom they consider to have been “anti-colonialists”. Surprisingly enough, both sides have focused on literary and philosophical texts, but have rarely taken political and social practice into account.

About the authors

Damien Tricoire is Assistant Professor at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. He has published the following monographs: Mit Gott rechnen (2013; translated into French as La Vierge et le Roi, 2017), Falsche Freunde (2015, criticizing narratives of Enlightenment history). He has just completed a monograph on the topic “The Colonial Dream: Knowledge, Enlightenment, and the French-Malagasy Early Modern Encounters”.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-22

    Tricoire, Damien

  • The Enlightenment and the Politics of Civilization: Self-Colonization, Catholicism, and Assimilationism in Eighteenth-Century France

    Pages 25-45

    Tricoire, Damien

  • Enlightened Colonialism? French Assimilationism, Silencing, and Colonial Fantasy on Madagascar

    Pages 47-70

    Tricoire, Damien

  • Portuguese Indigenous Policy and Indigenous Politics in the Age of Enlightenment: Assimilationist Ideals and the Preservation of Native Identities

    Pages 73-92

    Almeida, Maria Regina Celestino

  • New Forms of Colonialism on the Frontiers of Hispanic America: Assimilationist Projects and Economic Disputes (Río de la Plata, Late Eighteenth Century)

    Pages 93-110

    Quarleri, Lía

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Hardcover $109.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Enlightened Colonialism
Book Subtitle
Civilization Narratives and Imperial Politics in the Age of Reason
Editors
  • Damien Tricoire
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-54280-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-54280-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-54279-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85361-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 318
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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