The Resource The decolonisation of history : historians and historical consciousness in francophone and anglophone anti-colonial communities, 1930-1970, Sharon Elisheva Turkington

The decolonisation of history : historians and historical consciousness in francophone and anglophone anti-colonial communities, 1930-1970, Sharon Elisheva Turkington

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The decolonisation of history : historians and historical consciousness in francophone and anglophone anti-colonial communities, 1930-1970
Title
The decolonisation of history
Title remainder
historians and historical consciousness in francophone and anglophone anti-colonial communities, 1930-1970
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Sharon Elisheva Turkington
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eng
Summary
This thesis examines the role of historical thinking and historical knowledge in anti-colonial ideology, in a process identified as the 'decolonization of history.' This study argues that historical thinking was central to anticolonial discourses during the period 1930-1970, and traces the evolution of 'historical rhetoric' across the chronology of decolonisation. Informed by both the history of ideas and imperial history, it presents a detailed study of sources demonstrating the role of historians in decolonization by means of anti-colonial networks and publications across the French and British empires. Secondly, it highlights the historiographical phenomenon which this event produced, the decolonization of the discipline of history. This work is shaped biographically using the legacies of Suzanne Césaire, Paulette Nardal, Cheikh Anta Diop, CLR James, and Melville Herskovits. These thinkers not only represent different linguistic backgrounds and social stratum, but also variations in anti-colonial thought, including Négritude, Afrocentrism, and Marxism. However, the commonality between these thinkers is their identification of historical mythologizing as a crucial component of imperial ideology. Furthermore, their work shows the point at which anti-colonial historical thinking became essential to the project of decolonization. They referred not only to the desire to convince others of the richness and complexity of African history, but to their lifelong struggles with colonial narratives which, they argued, withheld or misinterpreted the historical facts imperative to self-knowledge, and sovereignty. The objectivity of these thinkers, much debated by recent scholars, is not the focus of this thesis. Rather, this thesis treats all historical knowledge as a project intricately bound to power, and the quest for believability. By re-examining history as a mobilising device in the context of empire and decolonisation, we can learn more about how historians function as part of a normative education system, and what happens when the norm is perverted, or questioned
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Turkington, Sharon Elisheva
Date time place
Defence date: 10 January 2018
Dewey number
940.28072
Dissertation note
Thesis (Ph. D.)--European University Institute (HEC), 2018
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non fiction
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European University Institute
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  • EUI PhD theses.
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  • Historiography
  • Decolonization
  • Anti-imperialist movements
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The decolonisation of history : historians and historical consciousness in francophone and anglophone anti-colonial communities, 1930-1970, Sharon Elisheva Turkington
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http://hdl.handle.net/1814/50084
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Examining Board: Professor Stéphane Van Damme, European University Institute; Professor Laura Downs, European University Institute; Professor Pierre-Philippe Fraiture, Warwick University; Professor Emmanuelle Loyer, Centre d'histoire de Sciences Po
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 318-333)
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FIE
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30 cm.
Extent
333 pages
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unmediated
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)1021877466
Label
The decolonisation of history : historians and historical consciousness in francophone and anglophone anti-colonial communities, 1930-1970, Sharon Elisheva Turkington
Link
http://hdl.handle.net/1814/50084
Publication
Note
Examining Board: Professor Stéphane Van Damme, European University Institute; Professor Laura Downs, European University Institute; Professor Pierre-Philippe Fraiture, Warwick University; Professor Emmanuelle Loyer, Centre d'histoire de Sciences Po
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 318-333)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
FIE
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
333 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1021877466

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