By Harald Fischer-Tiné
This booklet argues that the background of colonial empires has been formed to a substantial volume via unfavourable feelings akin to anxiousness, worry and embarrassment in addition to via the commonplace incidence of panics. The case reports it assembles study a few of the ways that panics and anxieties have been generated in imperial events and the way they shook up the dynamics among likely omnipotent colonizers and the it appears defenceless colonized. Drawing from examples of the British, Dutch and German colonial adventure, the amount sketches out a number of the major parts (such as affliction, local ‘savagery’ or sexual transgression) that generated panics or created anxieties in colonial settings and analyses the commonest different types of useful, discursive and epistemic techniques followed through the colonisers to scale down the perceived threats.
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