Scars of Partition: Postcolonial Legacies in French and British Borderlands

Scars of Partition: Postcolonial Legacies in French and British Borderlands

by William F.S. Miles
Scars of Partition: Postcolonial Legacies in French and British Borderlands

Scars of Partition: Postcolonial Legacies in French and British Borderlands

by William F.S. Miles

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Based on three decades of fieldwork throughout the developing world, Scars of Partition is the first book to systematically evaluate the long-term implications of French and British styles of colonialism and decolonization for ordinary people throughout the so-called Third World. It pays particular attention to the contemporary legacies of artificial boundaries superimposed by Britain and France that continue to divide indigenous peoples into separate postcolonial states. In so doing, it uniquely illustrates how the distinctive stamps of France and Britain continue to mark daily life along and behind these inherited borders in Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Caribbean.
 Scars of Partition draws on political science, anthropology, history, and geography to examine six cases of indigenous, indentured, and enslaved peoples partitioned by colonialism in West Africa, West Indies, South Pacific, Southeast Asia, South India, and the Indian Ocean. William F. S. Miles demonstrates that sovereign nations throughout the developing world, despite basic differences in culture, geography, and politics, still bear the underlying imprint of their colonial pasts. Disentangling and appreciating these embedded colonial legacies is critical to achieving full decolonization—particularly in their borderlands.
  


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ISBN-13: 9780803267725
Publisher: Nebraska
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 352
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

William F. S. Miles is a professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston. He is the author of numerous books, including Hausaland Divided: Colonialism and Independence in Nigeria and Niger and Bridging Mental Boundaries in a Postcolonial Microcosm: Identity and Development in Vanuatu.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Tables xi

Preface and Acknowledgments xiii

1 Anglo-Trench Partition and Postcolonialism 1

2 Classical Colonial Partition: West Africa 21

3 Partition by Island: West Indies 75

4 Political Arbitrariness of Archipelagoes: The South Pacific 134

5 Soft, Sequential, and Hybridic Colonialism: French India the Indian Ocean 188

6 Mainland Southeast Asia and the Conundrum of Communism 240

7 Scars of Partition in Postcolonial Borderlands and Beyond 290

Notes 309

Bibliography 327

Index 353

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