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Criticism of Colonialism from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century

Benedikt Stuchtey

From the start Europe’s colonial expansion was accompanied by critical voices which emerged as precise theories of colonialism. The dispute between those for and against colonialism gave both sides a strong profile. The project examined the communicative contexts of the educated publics in Britain, France and Germany, also including American imperialism, from the 18th to the 20th century. Criticism of colonialism can be traced in the context of transnational developments from the European Enlightenment philosophy to the pluralised mass-communication society of the 20th century. In March 2010 my Habilitation (University of Konstanz, January 2008) was published by Oldenbourg Verlag Munich under the title Die europäische Expansion und ihre Feinde als volume 24 of the series 'Studien zur Internationalen Geschichte'; it has been reviewed in FAZ, 14 July 2010, and H-Soz-u-Kult, 29 November 2010). This brought the research project to a conclusion, for the time being at least.