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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He rejects his critics’ accusation that he is calling for a return to some past civilization.

Cesaire argues that Nazism colonialisj not unique. Thus was born the idea of racial hierarchy. We hear complaints about the state of American education at times.

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Robin Kelly notes in his introduction to the edition of Discourse, however, that for Cesaire, the colonial struggle was not a fight between capitalism and socialism in the orthodox Marxist sense, but a struggle for the total overthrow of a racist colonialist system which would open the way to a bright new world of freedom and equality.

A book I will certainly recommend as a ddiscourse introduction to modern politics. For some examples showing that this is possible, we can look to the Soviet Union “. He also served in France’s National Assembly from to and from to An angry snarl of resentment and righteous anger, an indictment of centuries of crimes. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The book itself is not without flaws, but it helped to spark a movement, of peoples rising up aimr a radical aim in intellectual discourse.


Cesaire combines poetry and history with a fierce and often humorous approach The Introduction by Robin Kelley is worth the price of the book alone, I read it after I had finished the discourse, not only is it full of valuable information on the Anti Colonialist movement of the time, it really captures the essence of the discourse itself.

They were cooperative societies, fraternal societies. The West, Cesaire argues, did not invent science or ethics or morality, as M.

Discourse on Colonialism

His writing is delicate yet strong and sarcastic. Cet essai nous en apprends plus sur le regard qu’ont certains occidentaux sur le reste du monde. And his life sounds fascinating to me. But that’s sort of a lie because I did write a paper on Genghis Khan and I had to read Jack Weatherford’s Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World which was boring, the way he wrote it was, I don’t understand why his telling is so popular.

In inflicting horrors on the colonized peoples, Europe was engaged in a process of self-destruction. Colonization rips the soul out of both, driving the colonizers to violence and race hatred, and the colonized towards psychic and soulful death.

In fact, he’d be proud to see the advances in some of these fields.

Of course, there remain a few small facts that resist this doctrine. This he says paved the way for fascism. Cesaire claims that the racism of Europe does not bother him. A civilization that chooses to close its eyes to its most crucial problems is a stricken civilization. Monitoring work something sinister men. Nearly twenty years later, when published for the first diiscourse in English, Discourse on Colonialism inspired a new generation engaged in the Civil Rights, Black Power, and anti-war movements and has sold more than 75, copies to date.


The book moves from condemnation of wars and injustice, to attacks on now-obscure colonial theorists and ‘racialists’. Aug 27, Jeune Fille rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aime Cesaire – Discourse on Colonialism. From inside the book. He cites for special mention writers like Gourou, who claims that civilization is only found in the temperate zones, that the tropical zones never had civilizations; of men like the Belgian missionary Reverend Temple, whose book Bantu Philosophy purported to counteract the forces of “communistic materialism” and save the Negroes from being turned by that devilish ideology into “moral vagabonds.

I haven’t heard of him til I found and bought this book. And he is appalled at the hypocrisy and ignorance with which the cream of French society pretended that the French people were a superior race, destined to rule the world and to keep the black and yellow peoples in their own places. It is claimed that it is one of the pioneering works in the study of post colonialism.

I thought this was brilliant. Even more absurd, Cesaire argues, are claims by M. Jul 25, Xian Xian rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 22, Hussain Laghabi rated it it was amazing Shelves: