Colonialism and Post-Colonialism

Academic year
Subject Area
Modern and Contemporary Era History
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

Oral and Written abilities in Portuguese.

Teaching Methods

The class is theoretical and practical in nature. Each class combines moments in which the professor outlines the most pertinent historical and historiographical issues of the topic under analysis and others in which selected readings are presented and discussed by the instructor and the students.

Learning Outcomes

- Understand the historical trajectories of modern colonialism, analyzing its fundamental dynamics in a comparative perspective
- Evaluate the historical causes and dynamics of late colonialism and the processes of decolonization, questioning their effects in a comparative perspective
- Analyze the key characteristics of post-colonial societies
- Ponder about the enduring legacies of colonialism in contemporary societies
- Deepen and update the information obtained by students during the 1st cycle of studies about colonialism and post-colonialism.
- Provide tools and methodologies for conducting research at the university level.

Work Placement(s)



1. Colonialism and post-colonialism. Introduction.
2. Colonialism and post-colonialism: concepts, problems, perspectives
3. States, nations, empires, colonies: cases, trajectories, comparisons
4. Global empires: networks, exchanges, markets
5. Imperial rule: doctrines, institutions, repertoires
6. The economies of colonial (under)development
7. The politics of difference: repertoires, institutions, models
8. The cultures of empire
9. Internationalism, imperialism and colonialism: ideas, processes, cases
10. Against colonial empires: resistance, protest, emancipation
11. The ends of colonial empires: trajectories and dynamics
12. The legacies and memories of colonial empires
13. Conclusions.

Head Lecturer(s)

Miguel Bandeira de Carvalho Jerónimo

Assessment Methods

Other: 30.0%
Research work: 70.0%


ALDRICH R., MCKENZIE, K. (eds.) (2014). The Routledge History of Western Empires. London: Routledge.
ALEXANDRE, V. (2017). Contra o vento. Lisboa: Temas&Debates.
ASHCROFT, B. [et al.] (2007). Post-colonial studies. London: Routledge.
BUETTNER, E. (2016). Europe after Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.
BURBANK, J.; COOPER, F. (2010). Empires in World History. Princeton: Princeton UP.
COOPER, F. (2016). Histórias de África. Lisboa: Edições 70.
JERÓNIMO, M. B.; MONTEIRO, J. P. (eds.) (2015). Os passados do presente. Coimbra: Almedina.
JERÓNIMO, M. B. [et al.]. (eds.) (2020). Os impérios do internacional. Coimbra: Almedina.
PORTER, A. (2011). O Imperialismo Europeu, 1860-1914. Lisboa: Edições 70.
STOLER, A. L.; COOPER, F. (eds.) (1997). Tensions of Empire. Berkeley: University of California Press.
THOMAS, M.; THOMPSON, A. S. (eds.) (2017). The Oxford Handbook of the Ends of Empire. Oxford: Oxford UP.
YOUNG, C. (1994). The African Colonial State in Comparative Perspective. New Haven: Yale UP.