Censorship by European States of Views on Their Past as Colonizers

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    This essay tackles the question of whether European states censored views on their past as colonizers. Analyzing a wealth of cases, I argue that, after decolonization, most former colonizers began to perceive their colonial crimes as a source of shame. Often, the result was silence and censorship. I conclude that even consolidated democracies find it hard to deal responsibly with their violent past by means of an ongoing public debate, which is an essential feature of any sound democracy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLes Censures dans le monde
    Subtitle of host publicationXIXe−XXIe siècle
    EditorsLaurent Martin
    Place of PublicationRennes
    PublisherPresses Universitaires de Rennes
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Print)978-2-7535-4315-7
    Publication statusPublished - Apr-2016

    Publication series

    NameCollection "Histoire"
    PublisherPresses universitaires de Rennes
    ISSN (Print)1255-2364


    • Anticolonial resistance
    • archival obstruction
    • censorship
    • colonial conquest
    • colonial empire
    • colonial crimes
    • legal cases
    • memory laws
    • migrated archives
    • political independence

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