Conclusion: The Colony and the Nation

in Living with Colonialism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520235588
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929364 | DOI:
Conclusion: The Colony and the Nation

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In this chapter, the author makes conclusions for some unanswered questions in relation to colonialism, and these are as follows: (1) did the colonial system depend on a wide participatory base?; (2) were petty employees a part of the colonial system as the Britons ruled it?; (3) were the petty employees in colonial service often highly educated and literate men, who left records that make their lives and careers recoverable?; (4) were petty colonial employees early nationalist who called forth a nation in their own cultural image?; (5) were the conditions of colonial employment conductive to the creation and growth of nationalism?; (6) were the bureaucrat-nationalists heirs to political power?; (7) did nationalist politicians work to engineer nationalism by making their elite ideology more popular, albeit often lacking the resources to impose their vision successfully?; (8) did some of the features that benefited the colonial state shuffle the nation state that followed?; and (9) did colonialism create transformative and sharp inequalities in social and regional power?

Keywords: colonialism; Britons; nation; colony; state; bureaucrat-nationalists

Chapter.  2172 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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