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Music, Modernity, and the Global ImaginationSouth Africa and the West$
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Veit Erlmann

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195123678

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123678.001.0001

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Archaic Images, Utopian Dreams

Archaic Images, Utopian Dreams

Forms of Nineteenth‐Century Historical Consciousness

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(p.15) 1 Archaic Images, Utopian Dreams
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Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination
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Veit Erlmann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123678.003.0002

At the end of the 19th century, the historical consciousness of people living in the metropolis and that of those at the colonial periphery were strangely intertwined. Although colonial discourse represented the West as modern and the South African colonies as archaic and in need of modernization, the relationship between colonizers and colonized was only rarely a simple dialectic of domination and resistance. The experiences and narratives on either side of the divide frequently overlapped, drawing on and finding expression in ideologies of progress, Utopian dreams, and archaic images.

Keywords:   West, colonizers, colonized, colonialism, modernity, South Africa

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