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Introduction

Authored by: Olivia U. Rutazibwa , Robbie Shilliam

Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  February  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138944596
eBook ISBN: 9781315671192
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315671192-2

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Abstract

The consolidation of prosperity, peace and freedom in the Global North has traditionally been credited to enlightenment and industrialisation wherein modernity congeals as a globally unprecedented system of thought and historic advent. In text book renditions, modernity is mostly presented as a phenomenon that arose in an isolated European context by design (bordering on manifest destiny) or by chance. Explicitly or implicitly, Eurocentrism holds that European modernity entails forms of political, economic and social governance that are practically and morally superior to, and desirable over, any other civilisational development in human history.

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