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Postcolonial people, the return from Africa and the remaking of Portugal, Christoph Kalter

Having built much of their wealth, power, and identities on imperial expansion, how did the Portuguese and, by extension, Europeans deal with the end of empire? Postcolonial People explores the processes and consequences of decolonization through the histories of over half a million Portuguese settlers who 'returned' following the 1974 Carnation Revolution from Angola, Mozambique, and other parts of Portugal's crumbling empire to their country of origin and citizenship, itself undergoing significant upheaval. Looking comprehensively at the returnees' history and memory for the first time, this book contributes to debates about colonial racism and its afterlives. It studies migration, 'refugeeness,' and integration to expose an apparent paradox: The end of empire and the return migrations it triggered belong to a global history of the twentieth century and are shaped by transnational dynamics. However, they have done nothing to dethrone the primacy of the nation-state. If anything, they have reinforced it
Table Of Contents
List of figures -- Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Note on translations, archival sources, and prices -- List of abbreviations -- Introduction: Decolonization, migration, and the post-Imperial nation -- Chapter 1: Returnees or refugees? defining the Retornados -- Chapter 2: Hotels for the homeless: integrating the Retornado -- Chapter 3: Making claims and taking action: Retornados as political actors -- Chapter 4: The return of the return: memory and the Retornados' reemergence -- Conclusion: the presence and the future of the past -- Bibliography -- Index
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non fiction
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1 online resource (xxvii, 351 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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