Archive for June, 2012

Antoinette Burton, ‘Victorian History: Some Experiments with Syllabi’, Victorian Studies 54, 2 (2012). In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: The week that I received copies of these three engaged and thoughtful responses to Empire in Question I was two-thirds of the way through the syllabus for my 400 level […]

Natalia Ilyniak, ‘Colonialism and Relocation: An Exploration of Genocide and the Relocation of Animist Aboriginal Groups in Canada’, Journal of Religion and Culture: Conference Proceedings. 17th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, Concordia University. Montreal, QC (March 2012). This exploratory paper looks at the potentially genocidal effects of community relocation and the imposition of capitalist time upon […]

Durba Ghosh, ‘Another Set of Imperial Turns?’, American Historical Review 117, 3 (2012). The British imperial turn has been the product of many historiographical changes over the last century, and in the last several decades it has engaged other historiographical turns—the global, the postcolonial, and the archival. From the height of Britain’s empire in the […]

The most recent Canadian Historical Review 93, 2 (2012) contains the Garneau Roundtable on John C. Weaver’s influential book, The Great Land Rush and the Making of the Modern World, 1650-1900 (2003).   For those indebted to Weaver for his incredible comparative history of settler colonialism, it is certainly worth checking out the views of Bill […]

This is not merely racial profiling but the construction of particular racial, sexual and gendered hierarchies that enable Israel to be seen as ‘normal’ and ‘exceptional’ within Western governance practices. Airports in general are spaces where the state performs its sovereign power. In the case of Israel, a settler colonial state with historically shifting borders […]

Lauren Benton. A Search for Sovereignty: Law and Geography in European Empires, 1400–1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 340 S. $90.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-521-88105-0; $26.99 (paper), ISBN 978-0-521-70743-5. Reviewed by Eliga Gould; Published on H-Soz-u-Kult (June, 2012). For the most part, when Benton talks about empire and sovereignty, what she means is the fiduciary sovereignty […]

José Manuel de Prada-Samper, ‘The forgotten killing fields: “San” genocide and Louis Anthing’s mission to Bushmanland’, 1862-1863, Historia 57, 1 (2012). Mohamed Adhikari’s book The Anatomy of a South African Genocide is a synthesis of the research on the extermination of the San peoples of South Africa and aims to establish that such extermination must be considered […]

Karen Fox, ‘Globalising Indigeneity? Writing Indigenous Histories in a Transnational World’, History Compass 10, 6 (2012). In recent decades, Indigenous histories have been increasingly significant and growing areas of historical research in white settler societies such as Australia and New Zealand. These rich veins of historical enquiry have, for the most part, been explored within […]

Rebecca Hall, ‘Diamond Mining in Canada’s Northwest Territories: A Colonial Continuity’, Antipode (early view 2012). The Canadian diamond industry has been lauded as a new approach to resource extraction, one whose institutions are characterized by a greater attention to Indigenous rights and the environment. However, an institutional analysis obfuscates the terrain of unequal relations that […]



From this useful online piece on scrip and treaties in the Canadian Northwest.