Geographies of Anticolonialism: Political Networks Across and Beyond South India, c. 1900-1930

Geographies of Anticolonialism: Political Networks Across and Beyond South India, c. 1900-1930

by Andrew Davies

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A fresh approach to scholarship on the diverse nature of Indian anticolonial processes.

  • Brings together a varied selection of literature to explore Indian anticolonialism in new ways
  • Offers a different perspective to geographers seeking to understand political resistance to colonialism
  • Addresses contemporary studies that argue nationalism was joined by other political processes, such as revolutionary and anarchist ideologies, to shape the Indian independence movement
  • Includes a focus on a specific anticolonial group, the “Pondicherry Gang,” and investigates their significant impact which went beyond South India
  • Helps readers understand the diverse nature of anticolonialism, which in turn prompts thinking about the various geographies produced through anticolonial activity

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119381563
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/09/2019
Series: RGS-IBG Book Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 184
File size: 858 KB

About the Author

Dr Andrew Davies is a Geographer and Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Liverpool, UK. His work focuses on past and present anticolonialism, from the Indian independence movement to the politics of Tibetan support organizations. He has helped communities across the UK understand the contested and problematic legacies of colonialism in the current day. He is co-editor of 10 Years on the Parish: The Autobiography and Letters of George Garrett.

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Preface vi

Acknowledgements vii

Author’s Note ix

1 Post? Anti? De? Why Anticolonialism Still Matters 1

2 Theorising Anticolonial Space 19

3 South India and Anticolonialism: The Minor Politics of Anticolonialism in a Historiographical ‘Backwater’ 40

4 Appropriating Modernity and Development to Contest Colonialism: The Swadeshi Movement in South India and the Swadeshi Steam Navigation Company 68

5 Spacing and Placing Anticolonialism: Pondicherry as a Hub of Radical Nationalist Anticolonial Thought 90

6 Envisioning a Spiritual and Cosmopolitan Decolonial Future? Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Non-political’ Anticolonialism 115

7 The ‘International’ and Anarchist Life of M.P.T. Acharya 137

8 Conclusion: The Necessity of a Geographical Anticolonial Thought, or Why Anticolonialism Still Matters 161

Bibliography 166

Index 169

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‘Theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich, Geographies of Anticolonialism takes a spatial approach to the study of anticolonialism. Through an exploration of a cluster of little-known but fascinating figures situated in the French South Indian enclave of Pondicherry – poet Subramania Bharati, nationalist mobilizer V.O. Chidambaram Pillai, international anarchist M.P.T. Acharya and spiritual nationalist Aurobindo Ghosh – Andrew Davies makes a major contribution to the study of Indian freedom struggle as well as to global anticolonial thought.’
A.R. Venkatachalapathy, Professor of History, Madras Institute of Development Studies, India

‘In this wide-ranging, engagingly written and provocative historical geography of anticolonialism, Davies threads together analyses of sea networks, land hubs, politico-spiritual utopias and anarchist internationalism, which return to but are not confined within South India. Anticolonialism here broadens the scope of the de-colonial and adds ideological and material politics to the postcolonial, brilliantly contesting the territorial and epistemological boundaries of colonial geography.’
Stephen Legg, Professor of Geography, University of Nottingham, UK

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