The Art of Chameleon Politics: From Colonial Servant to International Development Expert

Muschik, Eva-Maria (2018). The Art of Chameleon Politics: From Colonial Servant to International Development Expert. Humanity: an international journal of human rights, humanitarianism, and development, 9(2), pp. 219-244. University of Pennsylvania Press

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The article explores the continuities between imperial and international development efforts by examining the post-1945 career trajectory of a British colonial forester turned United Nations development expert. While previous scholarship has stressed the close links between late colonial and postcolonial development work, this microhistory offers a different perspective: it suggests that the experience of decolonization rather than colonial service proved crucially formative for a career in international development. The article suggests that decolonization should be understood not as a clear-cut break or a neocolonial transformation, but instead as an open-ended process to which malleable individuals adapted their thinking and practices.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Modern and Contemporary History > Zeitgeschichte

UniBE Contributor:

Muschik, Eva-Maria


900 History > 990 History of other areas




University of Pennsylvania Press




Eva-Maria Muschik

Date Deposited:

01 Jul 2019 14:03

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21 Jul 2022 07:46


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