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Economies and Empire

Colonialism and the Clash of National Visions

References and Further Readings

Chaudhary, Zahid R. Afterimage of Empire: Photography in Nineteenth-Century India. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

Dunn, Ross and Laura Mitchell. Panorama: A World History. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2015.

Edwards, Elizabeth and Matt Mead, “Absent Histories and Absent Images: Photographs, Museums and the Colonial Past,” Museum & Society, 11(1) (March 2013): 19–38. 

Maxwell, Anne. Colonial Photography and Exhibitions: Representations of the ‘Native’ and the Making of European Identities. London: Leicester University Press, 2000.

Ryan, James R. Picturing Empire: Photography and the Visualization of the British Empire. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Common Core State Standards (2014).

Césaire, Aimé. “Discourse on Colonialism.” Translated by Joan Pinkham. New York and London: Monthly Review Press, 1972. Originally published as “Discours sur le colonialisme by Editions Presence Africaine,” 1955. 

National Center for History in the Schools (2014).

Annenberg Learner: Bridging World History

Photographs, Colonial Legacy and Museums in Contemporary European Culture. “What is colonial about colonial photographs?” 


“Mahatma Gandhi: Noncooperation” 

“Discourse on colonialism” 

“Algerian War”  


Edwards, Elizabeth. Anthropology and Photography, 1860–1920 Yale University Press, 1992.

Grade Level

High School

Classroom Connections

Social Studies
World History

Curriculum Snapshot

  • Colonialism, the system of control by European powers over parts of Africa and the subcontinent of Asia
  • The origins and instrumental uses of colonial photography
  • Resistance to colonialism in the form of nationalist movements by using two case studies: India and Algeria


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