Discourse on Colonialism is an essay by Aimé Césaire, a poet and politician from Martinique who helped found the négritude movement in Francophone. Half a century later Aimé Césaire’s Discourse on Colonialism has lost nothing of its dynamism and incantory power. Robin Kelley’s introduction is a valuable tool. Aime Cesaire – Discourse on Colonialism By Baba G. Jallow Cesaire begins his Discourse on Colonialism with a severe indictment of Western civilization.

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What I love most, is the power it gives me, as an Arab, to tell those who try to convince me of their racial superiority, or those who are acting on self-imposed sense of authority to go fuck themselves. It is one and the same, as seen from the vantage point of colonized people, argues Cesaire. Apr 16, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: While in Paris, he helped found the journal Black Student in the s.

Aug 03, Dusty rated it really liked it Shelves: He does all this and more in less than seventy pages.

To wit, the discovery of astronomy by the Assyrians. Apr 19, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: I honestly feel odd reviewing this, because how do you review this? This book is literally the first discpurse I’ve ever read where I didn’t skip the introduction or notes written by Robin D.

How do you know if a historical fiction book is well researched and not biased? As colnialism member of the Martinican Communist Party, he does have some illusions yet in Stalinism, ddiscourse he later broke with; as the introductory essay by Robin D.


Jul 25, Xian Xian rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is evident, Cesaire argues, that all such pronouncements are the marks of discoursf and chauvinistic minds that are unable to appreciate the universal reality that all men are endowed with reason.

It is “a civilization which is morally diseased, which irresistibly, progressing from one consequence to another, one denial to another, calls for its Hitler. For its part, Europe must generate itself anew or sink into “mortal darkness”. Additionally, he referred to Marxist theory and criticized the ” bourgeoiscapitalistic European culture and said that capitalism would always disintegrate into Nazism”. Tout bon arbre porte de bons fruits, mais le mauvais arbre porte de mauvais fruits.

Discourse on Colonialism – Aimé Césaire, Robin D. G. Kelley – Google Books

The entire gamut of European elites, Cesaire argues – from journalists, to sociologists, theologians and academics – share responsibility for the crime of colonialism.

Cesaire does stray into a few grey areas, though. To ask other readers questions about Discourse on Colonialismplease sign up. From inside the book. According to the introduction, this book influenced many later, better known writings on the anti-colonial struggle, such as the books by Fanon, and some of so-called post-colonial theorists, which may be why it seems strangely familiar despite its originality.

Monitoring work something sinister men. Hitler, in this view, was not an aberrant accident of history: Cesaire discusses the relationship between civilization and savagery and points out the hypocrisy of colonialism.


A narrative from the author’s mind. This the book that started it all. A civilization that uses its principles for trickery and deceit is a dying civilization. Especially when he brings in other writer’s works and critiques them and calls out their racism, iame is a powerful writer.

Discourse on Colonialism

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Of course, I had to underline a lot of sentences, not only for research, but also because Coloniallism liked them.

In a series discourrse very interesting quotations from “liberal” colonialists, he shows the identity of their colonial ideology with the Nazi ideology, and exposes the ideas that they used to justify colonialism and racism.

He proves it citing many examples from the historical, religious, philosophical and literary records. The parallels today are clearly visible, with Holocaust memorial day approaching there are lessons to be learnt from.

Aug 31, Emily Shaw rated it it was amazing Shelves: No, he argues, colonialism is not about cilonialism destruction of local tyrants. Refresh and try again.

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