Archive for March, 2010

Haaretz, the Israeli newspaper, is a fascinating place to publish a feature article on Afrikanerdom. Here’s some of what Benjamin Pogrund wrote up today: The establishment of the State of Israel only a few days before the 1948 election also affected Afrikaner attitudes: Despite their anti-Semitism, their intense Calvinism meant that they venerated the People […]

Gregory Mann, “What was the Indigénat? The ‘Empire of Law’ in French West Africa”, The Journal of African History (2009), 50:331-353 Introduction: What was the indigénat, that obscure core of the French colonial state? In approaching this deceptively simple question, this article will make three intertwined arguments. First, a study of the indigénat – the […]

Duncan Bell, “John Stuart Mill on Colonies”, Political Theory, 38, 1 (2010), pp. 34-64. Abstract: Recent scholarship on John Stuart Mill has illuminated his arguments about the normative legitimacy of imperial rule. However, it has tended to ignore or downplay his extensive writings on settler colonialism: the attempt to create permanent “civilized” communities, mainly in […]

Gary B. Magee and Andrew S. Thompson, Empire and Globalisation: Networks of People, Goods and Capital in the British World, c. 1850–1914 , Cambridge University Press, 2010. Outline: Focusing on the great population movement of British emigrants before 1914, this book provides a new perspective on the relationship between empire and globalisation. It shows how […]

The Zimbabwean phenomenon briefly touched upon in the post “Second Thoughts on Land Seizures in Southern Africa” is certainly a complex issue. Two important recent studies on the topic have surfaced in recent months. Ben Cousins and Ian Scoones, “Contested Paradigms of ‘Viability’ in Redistributive Land Reform: Perspectives from Southern Africa”, Journal of Peasant Studies, […]

One small, Cape Town property, once owned by whites but later transferred to the Zimbabwean state in a compensatory transaction, was yesterday returned to white ownership. The ruling is pretty important, not just for the touchy matter of postcolonial ethics, but also for the jurisdictional dilemmas now facing Zimbabwe and South Africa. The ruling emanates […]

From the University of Queensland: The long-lost works of one of Australia’s leading early anthropologists have been discovered in the shed of a northern New South Wales cattleman. The groundbreaking works of Caroline Tennant-Kelly, close friend of the famed American anthropologist Margaret Mead, were believed destroyed until uncovered by the detective work of a dogged […]

SAVAGE EUROPEANS! Ye doubted at first whether the inhabitants of the regions you had just discovered were not animals which you might slay without remorse, because they were black, and you were white. You almost envied them the knowledge of God, your common Father. Most horrid thought! But when you had permitted them also to […]

No race, creed or religion should endure the ridicule faced by Native Americans today. – National Congress of American Indians. Another hat tip to Mat A.

Borders, State University of New York, October 16 2010. Romanticism and Responsibility: Concepts, Debates and Actions in Europe and its Colonies 1770s-1830s, University of Cyprus, 3-4 September 2010. Women and Gender in Colonial Contexts, Université Paris-1, 19-21 January 2012. Call for Book and Film Reviewers relating to Native American, First Nation, Aboriginal, and Indigenous issues, for Indigenous Issues […]