Colonialism and Postcolonialism

Daniel Butt

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Much of the history of international relations has been characterised by the violent attempts of one community to subjugate another. A range of important ethical issues emerge from a consideration of the past interaction between colonizing and colonized peoples. This article first seeks to describe the key characteristics of colonialism as a system of domination and subjugation, before considering the legitimacy of contemporary judgments on the morality of historical colonialism. It then examines how the particular character of colonialism complicates arguments relating to the rectification of injustice. It concludes by asking what lessons those interested in ethics can take from the diverse body of work produced by writers in the postcolonial tradition.
Translated title of the contributionColonialism and Postcolonialism
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Ethics
EditorsHugh LaFollette
ISBN (Print)1405186410
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2013


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