Censorship by European States of Views on Their Past as Colonizers

de Baets, A., Apr-2016, Les Censures dans le monde: XIXe−XXIe siècle. Martin, L. (ed.). Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, p. 229−245 17 p. (Collection "Histoire").

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This essay tackles the question of whether European states censored views on their past as colonizers. Analyzing a wealth of cases, I argue that, after decolonization, most former colonizers began to perceive their colonial crimes as a source of shame. Often, the result was silence and censorship. I conclude that even consolidated democracies find it hard to deal responsibly with their violent past by means of an ongoing public debate, which is an essential feature of any sound democracy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLes Censures dans le monde
Subtitle of host publicationXIXe−XXIe siècle
EditorsLaurent Martin
Place of PublicationRennes
PublisherPresses Universitaires de Rennes
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-2-7535-4315-7
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2016

Publication series

NameCollection "Histoire"
PublisherPresses universitaires de Rennes
ISSN (Print)1255-2364


  • Anticolonial resistance, archival obstruction, censorship, colonial conquest, colonial empire, colonial crimes, legal cases, memory laws, migrated archives, political independence

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