By Michæl Dietler
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4). Moreover, the heroic portraits of Napoléon in laurel crown and other Roman imperial imagery by Ingres and David and the innumerable statues and drawings of Napoléon that display him as a Roman emperor or god attest to the pervasive character of this iconography. 4 Statue of Napoléon Bonaparte as a Roman emperor atop the column in the Place Vendôme, Paris, imitating Trajan’s Column at Rome. 52 Colonization could thus be portrayed almost as an unavoidable altruistic duty imposed by history, as in the French colonial doctrine of the mission civilisatrice.
I use the term colonization to indicate the expansionary act of imposing political sovereignty over foreign territory and people, and founding colonies to denote the act of establishing new settlements in alien lands. 43 I use colonial province to designate a subject territory that is the product of colonization. Finally, by colonialism, I mean the projects and practices of control marshaled in interactions between societies linked in asymmetrical relations of power and the processes of social and cultural transformation resulting from those practices.
For instance, no modern empire managed to produce the same scale of language death and linguistic replacement as Rome did in its western provinces. Moreover, one frequently cringes to hear certain technologies of control or aspects of colonial practice naively attributed to a unique origin in the logic of capitalism when they were, in fact, a feature of much earlier colonial systems. As later discussion will show, the nineteenth-century European colonial administrators who were responsible for devising and implementing these practices were far more intimately familiar with the history of Greek and Roman colonialism than are most current scholars of colonialism and postcoloniality, and they were acutely aware of the prior origin of the practices they were trying to replicate or adapt.