Archive for October, 2010

Correspondence on the stance of Australia’s ‘progressive’ Overland magazine, reproduced on the blog of Antony Loewenstein. 20/4/10 Dear members of Overland Editorial Board, We are writing to express our grave concern about your journal’s unbalanced coverage of Israeli-Palestinian issues in recent years. We all strongly respect Overland’s tradition of providing a forum for free and open […]

Queensland criminal law was essentially English law with some local modifications, but its chief distinction from the latter was that it was largely administered by Queenslanders. While their legal definitions might be the same, crimes were often understood differently in late-nineteenth-century Queensland and England; some, like sheep-stealing, were seen as more heinous in the former; […]

Shaunnagh Dorsett and Ian Hunter, ed., Law and Politics in British Colonial Thought: Transpositions of Empire (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) A collection that focuses on the role of European law in colonial contexts and engages with recent treatments of this theme in known works written largely from within the framework of postcolonial studies, which implicitly discuss […]

Brett Shadle, ‘White settlers and the law in early colonial Kenya’, Journal of Eastern African Studies 4, 3 (2010) Abstract: This article examines settler attitudes toward the law and the legal system in early colonial Kenya. Settlers believed that English law was the culmination of centuries of evolution and was unsurpassed for its justice and […]

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Comparative Wests: Transnational Perspectives on Rapid Cultural, Economic, and Environmental Transformations in the 19th Century Settler Colonies of Western Australia, Western Canada, the Western United States, and the Pacific Islands Wednesday, September 29, 2010 | 3:00pm Stanford Humanities Center This Mellon-Sawyer seminar will focus especially on how indigenous communities interacted with, resisted, and adapted to […]

Rhonda V. Magee, ‘Slavery as Immigration?’, University of San Francisco Law Review 44, 2 (2009) Abstract: In this essay, the author argues that transatlantic slavery was, in significant part, an immigration system of a particularly pernicious sort – a system of forced migration immigration aimed at fulfilling the nascent country’s needs for a controllable labor […]

One of the most telling passages in that interview is when she singles out the Maasai and Somali as her favorite natives; not, for example, the Gikuyu who she had most contact with (because they did all the labor on her farm), but the natives who could be described using “noble savage” tropes and analogies […]

John M. MacKenzie, Museums and Empire: Natural history, human cultures and colonial identities (Manchester UP: 2009) Museums and Empire is the first book to examine the origins and development of museums in six major regions if the British Empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It analyses museum histories in thirteen major centres in Canada, South […]

Robert Bickers, Settlers and Expatriates: Britons over the Seas (OUP 2010) The British Empire gave rise to various new forms of British identity in the colonial world outside the Dominions. In cities and colonies, and in sovereign states subject to more informal pressures such as Argentina or China, communities of Britons developed identities inflected by […]