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Brocker I 313
Colonialism/Césaire: Thesis: Colonization is working to decivilize the colonizer, to brutalize it in the true sense of the word, to degrade it, to awaken buried instincts, the lewdness, the violence, the racial hatred, the moral relativism in it. (...) This feralization spread throughout Europe and led to the Holocaust, which was not a break in civilization, but an inner consequence of colonization. (1)
Brocker I 314
For Césaire, colonialism is definitely a European project.
1) There is a "recoil" of colonial experiences to Europe itself.
2) Europe appears as a hopeless case: a dead end at the end of which Hitler stands. "Whether you like it or not: at the end of the impasse Europe, I mean the Europe of the Adenauer, Schuman, Bidault and some others, Hitler is waiting. At the end of capitalism, which seeks to survive itself, Hitler waits. At the end of formal humanism and philosophical renunciation waits Hitler" (2).


1. Aimé Césaire, Discours sur le colonialisme, Paris 1950. Dt.: Aimé Césaire, Über den Kolonialismus, Berlin 1968, S. 10f.
2. Ibid. p. 13.

Andreas Eckert, „Aimé Césaire, Über den Kolonialismus (1950)“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018.


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PolCésaire I
Aimé Césaire
Discours sur le colonialisme Paris 1950

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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