Colonial expertism and its post-colonial legacies

Authored by: Felix Brahm

The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138718364
eBook ISBN: 9780429438233
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This chapter examines a specific field of knowledge production that emerged in both Europe and Japan in the late nineteenth century under such headings as ‘colonial studies’, ‘colonial science’, and ‘imperial science’. Colonial studies – the umbrella term I use to address this phenomenon – were as much a political and business-related project as they were an academic endeavour to create expertise on the colonies and to benefit from strong, although temporary, financial support. Considering this view, I highlight, in particular, the transimperial features and post-colonial implications of this field of study.

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