Film and Colonialism in the Sixties: The Anti-Colonialist Turn in the US, Britain, and France, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Film and Colonialism in the Sixties

The Anti-Colonialist Turn in the US, Britain, and France, 1st Edition

By Jon Cowans


292 pages

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Relations between Western nations and their colonial subjects changed dramatically in the second half of the twentieth century. As nearly all of the West’s colonies gained their independence by 1975, attitudes toward colonialism in the West also changed, and terms such as empire and colonialism, once used with pride, became strongly negative. While colonialism has become discredited, precisely when or how that happened remains unclear. This book explores changing Western attitudes toward colonialism and decolonization by analyzing American, British, and French popular cinema and its reception from 1960 to 1973.

Table of Contents


Part One Introduction

Chapter One: Colonial Adventure Films of the Early 1960s

Chapter Two: Westerns of the Early 1960s

Chapter Three: Spotlighting Decolonization: The United States and Britain

Chapter Four: Spotlighting Decolonization: France

Part Two Introduction

Chapter Five: The Anti-Colonialist Turn in Europe

Chapter Six: The Anti-Colonialist Turn in Hollywood

Chapter Seven: Revisionist Westerns, 1967-1973

Chapter Eight: France and the Second Algeria Cycle, 1970-1973


Works Cited


About the Author

Jon Cowans is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University of New Jersey, Newark, USA.

About the Series

The Routledge Global 1960s and 1970s Series

As the decades that defined the Cold War, the 1960s and 1970s helped shape the world we live in to a remarkable degree. Political phenomena including the almighty tussle between capitalism and communism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, apartheid in South Africa, uprisings against authoritarianism and independence from colonial rule for a large swathe of the nations of the Global South helped define the period but the sixties and seventies were as much about cultural and social change, with lives the world over altered irretrievably by new standpoints and attitudes. Traditionally, analysis of the era has largely been concerned with superpower posturings and life in Europe and America, but this series, while providing full coverage to such impulses, takes a properly global view of the era.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Africa / South / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / United States / Colonial Period (1600-1775)
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century