What are the best colonialism books for college students?

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    #1El Filibusterismo

    El Filibusterismo

    El Filibusterismo is a Filipino historical fiction book written by Jose Rizal. This classic novel is the sequel of Noli Me Tangere and first published in 1891. 


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    Bruce Bradley
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The best colonialism book for college students is El Filibusterismo by Jose Rizal. It is the second novel by Rizal and it explores the its officialdom, education, legal system, power plays, social patterns of life under colonialism for Filipinos. The book was condemned by Spanish authorities"
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    #2Noli Me Tangere

    Noli Me Tangere

    Noli Me Tangere is a Filipino historical fiction written by Jose Rizal and translated by Harold Augenbraum. This classic novel is first published in 1887.


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    James Murray
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book is great! Highly recommended for those interested in Filipino historical fiction. "
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    #3A Passage to India

    A Passage to India

    A Passage to India is a book by E.M. Forster. Set in British India during the 1920s, it revolves around the racial tension between the colonizers and the colonized when a British woman was allegedly assaulted by Dr. Aziz, an Indian physician.


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    Ankita Chauhan
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book is great; i really enjoyed reading it in my Anthropology class. As it is about exploring issues in colonialism that took place in India. You really feel like you are part of the story and learn so much from it."
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    #4Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart is a book by the acclaimed Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. It tells the story of the conflict between the colonial British government and a Nigerian ethnic group, the Ibo people. It is the first book in the African trilogy.


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    #5The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding

    The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding

    The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding is a book about the historical birth of Australia written by Robert Hughes. This was originally published in 1986.


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    Tony Dai
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I just started college and while I'm not majoring in history I've took him quite a few courses to fill up credits. Under recommended reading from my teacher this was one of the books. I found this one really interesting. Prior to this I had no knowledge on colonialism in Australia. I was so fascinated by so many things that I learned in this book. I highly recommend it to anybody interested in history and especially those interested in Australia's history."
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    #6The Scarlet Letter

    The Scarlet Letter
    First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is a classic work by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in a Puritan society, it tells the story of Hester Prynne as she is punished and publicly shamed for having a child outside of wedlock.

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    Teresa Burton
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is truly a great classic! I first read it in college and have read it numerous times since. I love how she built her characters and had them come to life on the pages. "
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    #7Wide Sargasso Sea

    Wide Sargasso Sea
    Wide Sargasso Sea is Jean Rhys' novel about Antoinette, a Creole heiress in 1830s Jamaica who married an Englishman, who later forced Antoinette to become an ideal Victorian lady.

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    Brian Larson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I went in to Wide Sargasso Sea expecting an exciting historical novel, and ended up with a boring slog. The story more or less hinges on your investment with the main character, a woman in an unhappy arranged marriage. I didn't really have any interest in her, so the rest of the story fell flat for me."
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    Orientalism by Edward W. Said is a modern classic that was first published in 1979. It's a groundbreaking critique of the West's historical, cultural and political perceptions of the East. 


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    Jerry Riley
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a great book If you're looking for something on Eastern civilizations and the:ization of them.  I think it is geared very well towards college students and that someone interested in the subject cuz learn quite a great deal from this book."
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    #9Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

    Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

    Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood is a memoir written by Alexandra Fuller. It was published in 2003 and became a New York Times bestseller. It was a finalist for the Guardian's First Book Prize.


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    Jose Obrien
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book is interesting. "
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    #10Burmese Days

    Burmese Days

    Burmese Days is a 1934 novel by acclaimed author, George Orwell. Set in imperial Burma in the days of the British empire, it tells the story of John Flory, who gets embroiled in a plot to take down Dr. Veraswami.


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    Joe Burns
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Burmese Days is a great read. Orwell captures imperial Burma greatly and I had a great time reading this masterpiece."
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    #11Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children
    Midnight's Children is a Booker Prize-winning book by Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai and a thousand other children who were born on the stroke of midnight on the day of India's independence. 

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    Leticia Montiel
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a very challenging book to read, but it is a great choice for so many reasons. It is perfect for a college student to read about colonialism and the birth of India and Pakistan. It is not an easy book to read and the user will definitely want to dedicate significant time to absorbing its contents. The reader will reap the rewards of this and be a changed person after reading this transformative work."
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    #12Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    Bury My Heart in Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West unflinchingly narrates the plight of the Native American Indians during the development of American expansionism in the Western frontier.

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    Jason Ray
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee was a powerful book. So many bad things happened to the Native Americans. This book chronicles their experiences and what happened to them."
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    #13The Wretched of the Earth

    The Wretched of the Earth
    The Wretched of the Earth is a non-fiction political history book written by Frantz Fanon. This African cultural book is first published in 1961. 

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    Ananya Kapur
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Wretched of the Earth was very enlightening. It taught me a lot about colonialism from an African perspective. It was easy enough to read and understand."
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    First published in 1914, James Joyce's Dubliners is one of the most well-known short story collections. It is comprised of 15 short stories about life in early 20th century Dublin.


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    Ben Cheng
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This was an ok read. I picked it up after listening to a friend who read it but I didn't find it as interesting as he did."
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    Pocahontas is a historical fiction novel written by Joseph Bruchac. It tells a story based on real events that occurred in 1607 between English colonists and the Powhatan Indians, told from the .perspectives of Pocahontas and John Smith.

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    Scott Day
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Who knew that Disney would lie to us? No--really. This book puts the lie to all the warm fuzzy stuff that you might have been fed by a certain mouse-related enterprise and shows some of the rough edges of colonialism. This was an eye-opening read."
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    #16Half of a Yellow Sun

    Half of a Yellow Sun
    Half of a Yellow Sun is a historical fiction novel by the Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Set in the now-defunct Republic of Biafra, it tells the story of five people as they fight to keep their nation alive.

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    Pamela Cox
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A poignant fictional work that exposes the reader to many of the themes of colonialism. One of the primary criticisms of using this book in a college setting is that it is fictional."
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    #17Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness is a novella by Joseph Conrad that tells the story of Charles Marlow and his voyage on the Congo River. The story is inspired by Conrad's own experiences traveling in the Congo River in a Belgian trading steamer. 


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    Susan Banks
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I picked up this book so I could read about colonialism for one of my World Geography courses. For some reason, I missed that this was a Fiction book and not a non-Fiction book. Still, I decided to give it a read because I wanted to get a good feel for the thinking processes of the people of the time (1899). It touched on colonialism a little bit, not enough for me to use on a chunk of my paper, but it had such a memorable, twisted story that I can't get it out of my head. Be warned, because of the age of the book, it is a slow read."
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    Lotusland is a young adult romance novel by David Joiner about the American Nathan Monroe, who saw his Vietnamese lover leave him for a chance at a better life in America. The book depicts the lives of Westerners abroad.


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    Shirley Ma
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "It's okay, I guess."
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    #19Feathered Serpent

    Feathered Serpent

    Feathered Serpent: A Novel of the Mexican Conquest is a historical novel for young adults written by Colin Falconer. It was released in September 2003. It is about the arrival of Hernan Cortes in the shores of South America.


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    Helen Ramos
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I found this book very interesting and honestly very educational as i did not know very much about that time period before and it came from womans view "


Best What are the best colonialism books for college students
1El FilibusterismoBooks 61 Paid
2Noli Me TangereBooks 56 Paid
3A Passage to IndiaBooks 55 Paid
4Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)Books 53 Paid
5The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's FoundingBooks 43 Paid
6The Scarlet LetterBooks 39 Paid
7Wide Sargasso SeaBooks 36 Paid
8OrientalismBooks 30 Paid
9Don't Let's Go to the Dogs TonightBooks 28 Paid
10Burmese DaysBooks 25 Paid

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