Archive for November, 2010

In Arena Magazine no. 107, Andrew Lattas and Barry Morris attribute to me the view that the current situation of Indigenous people, however one interprets it, is due to their ‘culture’. Nowhere have I said anything vaguely similar to this. One of my concerns has been precisely to show how totalising, bounded and fixed notions […]


J. P. Greene (ed.), Exclusionary Empire: English Liberty Overseas, 1600–1900 (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Consisting of an introduction and ten chapters, Exclusionary Empire examines the transfer of English traditions of liberty and the rule of law overseas from 1600 to 1900. Each chapter is written by a noted specialist and focuses on a particular area […]


Matt Kaplan for the National Geographic: As in cities today, the earliest towns helped expose their inhabitants to inordinate opportunities for infection—and today their descendants are stronger for it, a new study says. In areas of ancient urbanization, it turned out, “we found very high frequency” for the TB-resistance gene, study co-author Thomas said. But, […]


via Native American Legal Update The Government of Canada today formally endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. John McNee, Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, met with the President of the United Nations General Assembly to advise him of Canada’s official endorsement of the United Nations Declaration.


In 1637, the land that is now known as the town of Mystic, Connecticut was the site of a fierce battle between the Pequot Nation and English settlers resulted in an historic massacre that shaped future relations between Tribes and colonists. Today, researchers are combing the site with metal detectors and archaeological tools to unearth […]


Hamish Maxwell-Stewart, ‘Convict Transportation from Britain and Ireland 1615–1870’, History Compass 8, 11 (2010) In 1787, the First Fleet was dispatched from the British Isles to find a penal settlement at Botany Bay, Australia. By this time, the British government had already experimented with convict transportation for over 160 years. The aim of this article is […]


As many of you will know, in Johnson v. McIntosh (1823), Chief Justice John Marshall declares the sovereignty of the United States government over American Indian property. According to Marshall, the government had inherited this dominion from Great Britain, which had acquired it through the doctrine of “discovery.” The case granted American Indians a “right […]


One half of a debate in South Africa’s Mail and Guardian on white supremacy and understanding racist discourse: We are told that Cliff is not a “conscious racist”, in other words, that nothing Cliff could possibly say would persuade Mngxitama that his analysis is false. We are informed that what might appear (to someone less […]


The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 41, 3 (2010) [O]ne cannot gainsay the fact that Replenishing the Earth is a relatively comprehensive, highly original, largely convincing, and always fascinating account of Greater Britain’s will to power, with which account scholars perforce will grapple for years to come.


Ngati Porou’s chief negotiator is going to Australia to get iwi there to vote on a unique Treaty settlement which he says would set the record straight for the iwi which has had to battle against the label of “kupapa” – or traitors – for fighting alongside the Crown in the land wars in 1865. […]