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Edited by Dr Rob Kitchen, Director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at the National University of Ireland, the Key Concepts in Human Geography series is an innovative set of companion texts for undergraduate students of the Human Geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, they provide a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in their field. All books in the series are authored by internationally recognized academics and include an introductory chapter and extensive pedagogic features in the form of a glossary, figures, diagrams and further reading. Morrissey et al have produced a detailed yet expansive guide to an area in which students have been poorly served in the past. Key Concepts in Historical Geography brings alive the human geographies of the past, and demonstrates their relevancy for understanding key aspects of the contemporary world. This new and innovative includes entries on: Colonial and Postcolonial geographies Globalization Space Power Intended Audience: Key Concepts in Historical Geography is an excellent text for upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students of Historical Geography.

Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism
Colonialism and anti-colonialism
John Morrissey
Introduction

The range of ideologies of even one former imperial power and the manner in which its colonial modalities were differentially applied in varying geographical and historical contexts makes it difficult to simplify any grand theory of colonialism. However, if imperialism was imagined and legitimized via different discursive logics or discourses, its manifestation in practice typically resulted in expropriation, violence and resistance to the imposition of political and cultural values over alien peoples. This chapter interrogates the historical geographies of colonialism by connecting colonial discourse to colonial practice and by examining the profound impact colonial interventions had, and continue to have, on people and places on every continent.

Thinking through Colonialism: Discourse and Practice

Colonialism can be thought of as a ...

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