Culture and Imperialism

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Vintage Books, 1993 - History - 380 pages
43 Reviews
A landmark work from the intellectually auspicious author of Orientalism that explores the long-overlooked connections between the Western imperial endeavor and the culture that both reflected and reinforced it. " Said is a brilliant . . . scholar, aesthete and political activist." --Washington Post Book World.

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User Review  - Aygul A. - Goodreads

It is more rewarding - and more difficult - to think concretely and sympathetically, about others than only about “us.” But this also means not trying to rule others, not trying to classify them or ... Read full review

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User Review  - Troy Gregory - Goodreads

The author's points are well founded, if not pedantic. The solution he proposes is weak at best. Hitchens suggested that one must choose between anti-imperialism and anti-totalitarianism and I think ... Read full review

About the author (1993)

Born in Jerusalem and educated at Victoria College in Cairo and at Princeton and Harvard universities, Edward Said has taught at Columbia University since 1963 and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Johns Hopkins University. He has had an unusual dual career as a professor of comparative literature, a recognized expert on the novelist and short story writer Joseph Conrad, (see Vol. 1) and as one of the most significant contemporary writers on the Middle East, especially the Palestinian question and the plight of Palestinians living in the occupied territories. Although he is not a trained historian, his Orientalism (1978) is one of the most stimulating critical evaluations of traditional Western writing on Middle Eastern history, societies, and literature. In the controversial Covering Islam (1981), he examined how the Western media have biased Western perspectives on the Middle East. A Palestinian by birth, Said has sought to show how Palestinian history differs from the rest of Arabic history because of the encounter with Jewish settlers and to present to Western readers a more broadly representative Palestinian position than they usually obtain from Western sources. Said is presently Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia, editor of Arab Studies Quarterly, and chair of the board of trustees of the Institute of Arab Studies. He is a member of the Palestinian National Council as well as the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

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