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Imperial Vision: Anti-Colonial Revisions

Patrick Williams

Abstract

The production of models, narratives or ‘visions’ of the 1930s, as

with any other periodising, involves processes of selection and rejection,

inclusion and exclusion. It is a matter of no small interest that

one of the most significant areas of exclusion from such paradigms

has been the Empire.1 This article points to, but hardly constitutes a

rectification of, that situation. Rather than any attempt at ‘the big picture’,

in its allotted space it offers more in the way of a thumbnail

sketch, but one which aims at something like a symptomatic relevance

in its juxtaposition of two areas of textual production to give a

sense of the ideological and political struggles taking place via the

various envisionings and revisionings of imperialism in this period.

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