First Postcolonial?! Intercontinental debut
January 1919: Considering the Paris peace conference's opening stage and the first themes of its shuffled agenda, which delegates took centre stage?
It were the British, err, their Australian colonists in a ready-made delegation, termed the British Imperial Delegation that – virtually surpassing the ranking of severely damaged states such a Belgium – acted on a par with the delegations of the Principal Allied and Associated Powers. This second British delegation left many others, including obviously the banned Germans, stunned.
This is why Aufa💯, founded 19 March 2020, will advance its first intercontinental trip in order to accept Prof. Fitzpatrick's invitation to participate in his challenging conference:
🇦🇺 accepted proposal 🦘
Decolonisation duel Britain - Germany 1-2
"There could be nothing irregular about a native working for a European,"
Nobel Prize 2021 winner Abdulrazak Gurnah has his main character Hamza
think about a British colonial officer patronizing him, roughly a decade after
displacing the Germans. From the perspective of the native Asian or African
under European rule, the coloniser's nationality apparently made no difference.
At the 1919 Paris peace conference, categorical differentiation was proclaimed
by the British delegations (!).
Not a lot of primary sources on the colonized peoples' perspective have been
secured since Britain's August 1918 Bluebook, an obvious product of
propagandists, which the twin delegations availed themselves of half a year
later in Paris to support their argument on qualified colonialism. Apart from
the German colonists, their nationality was ostracized.
The first thesis is that British and Imperial Delegation leaders David Lloyd
George and Jan Christiaan Smuts utilized the humanitarian argument as a
pretext to conceal their sub-imperialist designs. Thus, as a consequence of sub-
imperialism and the Versailles colonial diktat, "Weimar" and the Germans
would be barred from the original experience of decolonisation. During the
prolonged 1918 Armistice, a kind of decolonisation avant la lettre hit the newest
among the colonial empires. Thus, Germany could be regarded as the first
postcolonial state. A hundred years later on now, other countries do not seem
to approach the postcolonial debate with as much as passion as their former
junior partner. The second thesis is that Germany took the lead in
decolonization and this debate (D.A. Moses, 21 October 2022). The definition
of colonialism's demise did not allow for a defenceless country's colonial
dispossession in the fifth and final year of the Great War. Though it can be
argued that this one and only "white decolonisation" sped up and spearheaded
this painful process. What can we learn from Germany's unique two-way
decolonization? What does Australian professor Clinton Fernandes' 2022
monograph on sub-imperialism add to the scarce sources on imperialism's
uniquely British expansion?