Rowman and Littlefield International

Postcolonial Europe

Comparative Reflections after the Empires

Edited by Lars Jensen, Julia Suárez-Krabbe, Christian Groes, Zoran Lee Pecic

Publication date:

30 November 2017

Length of book:

268 pages


Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN-13: 9781786603043

How has European identity been shaped through its colonial empires? Does this history of imperialism influence the conceptualisation of Europe in the contemporary globalised world? How has coloniality shaped geopolitical differences within Europe? What does this mean for the future of Europe?

Postcolonial Europe: Comparative Reflections after the Empires brings together scholars from across disciplines to rethink European colonialism in the light of its vanishing empires and the rise of new global power structures. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the postcolonial European legacy, the book argues that the commonly used nation-centric approach does not effectively capture the overlap between different colonial and postcolonial experiences across Europe.
This compelling volume demonstrates that decolonization is an ongoing process affecting all Europeans now. Its authors invite us to reassess the intellectual and cultural geography of European colonialism and reflect on its racial and dehumanizing legacies. At the crossroads between postcolonial and decolonial studies, this book argues that colonial tropes and rhetoric still underpin contemporary narratives of nationhood and otherhood.