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Precolonialism is a subdiscourse of colonialism explored by postcolonial theorists.[1] Helena Norberg-Hodge has stated that, in order to do development studies, one has to first understand precolonialism.[2][clarification needed] The concept of precolonialism has also been applied to literary studies with respect to such works as Francis Bacon's New Atlantis.[3]


  1. ^ David A. Sánchez (2008). From Patmos to the Barrio: Subverting Imperial Myths. Fortress Press. p. 120. ISBN 0-8006-6259-8. 
  2. ^ Nermeen Shaikh (2007). The Present as History: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Global Power. Columbia University Press. p. 17. ISBN 0-231-14299-4. 
  3. ^ Richard Serjeantson (2002). Bronwen Price, ed. "Natural Knowledge in the New Atlantis". Francis Bacon's New Atlantis: New Interdisciplinary Essays (Manchester University Press): 97. ISBN 0-7190-6052-4.