Memories of Post-Imperial Nations presents the first transnational comparison of Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Portugal, Italy and Japan, all of whom lost or 'decolonized' their overseas empires after 1945. Since the empires of the world crumbled, the post-imperial nations have been struggling to come to terms with the present, and as recall sets in 'wars of memory' have arisen, leading to a process of collective 'editing'. As these nations rebuild themselves they shed old characteristics and acquire new ones, looking at new orientations. This book brings together varying perspectives with historians and political scientists of these nations attempting to bind memory and its experience of different post-imperial nations.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)|
About the Author
Dietmar Rothermund is Emeritus Professor at Heidelberg University, Germany. He taught and conducted research at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, from 1968 until his retirement in 2001. He received the state decoration, the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, in 2011. His books include India: The Rise of an Asian Giant; An Economic History of India; The Routledge Companion to Decolonization; The Global Impact of the Great Depression: 1929-1939; and Contemporary India: Political, Economic and Social Development since 1947.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction Dietmar Rothermund; 1. Memory of Empire in Britain: a preliminary view John Darwin; 2. Ruptures and dissonance: post-colonial migrations and the remembrance of colonialism in the Netherlands Gert Oostindie; 3. A distinctive ugliness: colonial memory in Belgium Pedro Monaville; 4. The post-colonial encounter in France Eric Savarese; 5. Ideologies of exceptionality and the legacies of Empire in Portugal Antonio Costa Pinto and Miguel Bandeira Jeronimo; 6. Post-colonial Italy - the case of a small and belated Empire: from strong emotions to bigger problems Nicola Labanca; 7. (Post)Imperial Japan in transnational perspective Takashi Fujitani; 8. Memories of post-imperial nations Aleida Assmann; 9. A view from the gallery: perspective of a 'colonized' on post-imperial memories Partha S. Ghosh; List of contributors.