So many books have been published which are devoted wholly or in part to the fine old Colonial residences and public buildings of Philadelphia, including Germantown, that it might seem almost the part of temerity to suppose there could be a place for another one. A survey of the entire list, however, discloses the fact that almost without exception these books are devoted primarily to a picture of the city in Colonial times, to
A seminal idea proposed in The Intimate Enemy
which has subsequently come rather to define Nandy's
(frequently mis-represented) public political stance
concerns the disjunctions imposed by colonialism which
have returned to haunt contemporary India. The pen-
etration of the West has created a class of mimic men,
"modernists, whose attempts to identify with the colo-
nial aggressors has produced...pathetic copies
The enormous lumbering operations carried on upon the St. John river and its tributaries in modern times had their small beginning, two centuries ago, when masts for the French navy were cut by order of the King of France. The war of the Revolution obliged the English government to look for a reserve of trees suitable for masts in the remaining British colonies. In the year 1779, arrangements were made with William Davidson to provide a number of masts at the River St. John. Colonel Francklin was quite aware of the necessity of giving careful attention to the Indians...
Martin J Murray is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York in Binghamton. He is the author of numerous books, including The development of capitalism in colonial Indochina (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press 1980), South Africa: time of agony, time of destiny (London and New York: Verso 1987), and Revolution deferred: the painful birth of post-apartheid South Africa (London and New York: Verso 1995).