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