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Volume 1 Issue 9

February 2015

Modernity - A Foundational Structure to Post Colonialism
Ms. K. Gayathri Menon, 
Department of Studies in English, 
Kannur University, 
Thrissur, Kerala, India
Imperialism is a word with a long history. It was first associated with the Romans thousands of years ago. Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness mentions the fact that Europeans are now following those imperialist ways that the ancient Romans once did to these European nations. Colonialism can be considered as a practice, while imperialism is the idea driving it to practice. Modernity and its ideals changed the visage of the Western society. Rationalistic thinking, the development of science, technology and transportation facilities and an urge to conquer the world led the West to tread over non-western countries and thereby established their colonial domination. This paper analyses the different ways in which modernity laid the base for post-colonialism to thrive.
Modernity; Colonialism; Feminism; Marxism; Globalization; Post-Colonialism.
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