Scars of partition : postcolonial legacies in French and British borderlands


Scars of partition : postcolonial legacies in French and British borderlands

William F.S. Miles

University of Nebraska Press, c2014

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [327]-352) and index



Based on three decades of fieldwork throughout the developing world, Scars of Partition is the first book to systematically evaluate the long-term implications of French and British styles of colonialism and decolonization for ordinary people throughout the so-called Third World. It pays particular attention to the contemporary legacies of artificial boundaries superimposed by Britain and France that continue to divide indigenous peoples into separate postcolonial states. In so doing, it uniquely illustrates how the distinctive stamps of France and Britain continue to mark daily life along and behind these inherited borders in Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Caribbean. Scars of Partition draws on political science, anthropology, history, and geography to examine six cases of indigenous, indentured, and enslaved peoples partitioned by colonialism in West Africa, West Indies, South Pacific, Southeast Asia, South India, and the Indian Ocean. William F. S. Miles demonstrates that sovereign nations throughout the developing world, despite basic differences in culture, geography, and politics, still bear the underlying imprint of their colonial pasts. Disentangling and appreciating these embedded colonial legacies is critical to achieving full decolonization-particularly in their borderlands.


List of IllustrationsList of TablesPreface and Acknowledgments1. Anglo-French Partition and Postcolonialism2. Classical Colonial Partition: West Africa3. Partition by Island: West Indies4. Political Arbitrariness of Archipelagoes: The South Pacific5. Soft, Sequential, and Hybridic Colonialism: French India and the Indian Ocean6. Mainland Southeast Asia and the Conundrum of Communism7. Scars of Partition in Postcolonial Borderlands and BeyondNotesBibliographyIndex

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