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Responding to the West : Essays on colonial domination and Asian agency

Hägerdal, Hans (ed.)

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Abstract The nine essays of this volume, spanning from the eighteenth to mid-twentieth century, highlight the workings of, and reactions to, colonial domination in Asian contexts. The scholars, which include Victoria Haskins of the University of Newscastle, use a range of social science history methods to explore new paths to colonial history. How were individuals, groups, and social categories able to order their lives in the face of the implementation of external dominance? In other words, what was the agency enabling them to interact with, adapt to, use, counteract and in the end defeat colonialism? The essays emphasize colonialism as a multifaceted historical phenomenon which has taken a number of mutually incompatible forms. The various texts thus reflect on both the "early" colonialism build on indirect and informal practices, and the later forms marked by a high degree of authoritarian control. Table of contents: Introduction: New Paths of Colonial History / Hans Hägerdal The Future of the Past, the Past of the Future: History in Southeast Asia / Vincent Houben European Adventurers and Changes in the Indian Military System / Ram Krishna Tandon The Exile of the Liurai: A Historiographical Case Study from Timor / Hans Hägerdal Africans in Asia: The Discourse of ‘Negritos’ in Early Nineteenthcentury Southeast Asia / Sandra Khor Manickam Women’s Education and Empowerment in Colonial Bengal / Rachana Chakraborty Her Old Ayah: The Transcolonial Significance of the Indian Domestic Worker in India and Australia / Victoria Haskins The Chinese, the Indians and the French Exchange Control during the French Indochinese War or How to Endure, Fight and Mock the Colonial Power (1945-1954) / Daniel Leplat Living the Colonial Lifestyle: Australian Women and Domestic Labour in Occupied Japan 1945-1952 / Christine de Matos

In Responding to the West geven geschiedkundigen en sociologen hun visie op de methodologie en studie van het kolonialisme in AziC+ als historisch fenomeen. De negen essays geven hiervan een veelzijdig beeld. Ondanks de structurele onderdrukking was kolonialisme geen kwestie van eenrichtingsverkeer. De studie ervan vereist dan ook een grondige analyse van de continu veranderende verhoudingen tussen kolonisten en gekoloniseerden. Met Responding to the West wordt alvast een voorzet gegeven.
Keywords eighteenth century; nineteenth century; twentieth century; historical development; Asia; colonialism; political power; impact; historical analysis; decolonization; colonial policy; social history
Classification History
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Publisher Amsterdam Univ. Press
City Amsterdam
Page/Pages 184 p.
Series ICAS Publications Series, 5
ISBN 978-90-8964-093-2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
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