Decolonising Imperial Heroes

Author(s): 
Jones, Max
Author(s): 
Sèbe, Berny
Author(s): 
Taithe, Bertrand
ISBN: 
9781138195875
Date published: 
February 2016
Hardback
Price: 
£90.00

This book develops a framework to understand the complex legacies of decolonisation, both political and cultural, through the case study of imperial heroes. We demonstrate that the ‘decolonisation’ of imperial heroes was a much more complex and protracted process than the political retreat from empire, and that it is still an ongoing phenomenon, even half a century after the world has ceased to be ‘painted in red’. Whilst Decolonising Imperial Heroes explores the appeal of the explorers, humanitarians and missionaries whose stories could be told without reference to violence against colonized peoples, it also analyses the persistence of imperial heroes as sites of political dispute in the former metropoles.