Archive for July, 2013

Ben Emmerson, the UN’s special rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism, said a long-running dispute over land rights could boil over into serious violence at any moment. […] Mr Emmerson said the state had repeatedly discriminated against the Mapuche and used anti-terrorism legislation against them “in a confused and arbitrary fashion that has resulted in […]

James Lehning, European Colonialism since 1700 (Cambridge University Press, 2013). This masterful synthesis provides a much-needed, complete survey of European colonialism from 1700 to decolonization in the twentieth century. Written by an award-winning author, this advanced undergraduate and graduate level textbook bridges, for the first time, the early modern Atlantic empires and the later Asian and African […]

It would be more logical to recognize only settler colonies as colonies per se and refer to all other results of expansion as dependencies. The loss of colonies is incomparably more dangerous for empires than the loss of dependencies. Trying to hold on to dependencies is meaningless, but to neglect the colonies is reckless. ‘Colonies […]

G.N. Barrie, ‘Accepting state responsibility by means of an ‘apology’ : the Australian and South African experience’,Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa 46, 1 (2013). The International Law Commission’s 2001 Draft Articles on State Responsibility declares that, besides restitution and compensation as a means of accountability for an international wrong, satisfaction may also […]

Lorena Rizzo, Shades of Empire: Police Photography in German South-West Africa’, Visual Anthropology 26, 4 (2013). This article looks at a photographic album produced by the German police in colonial Namibia just before World War I. Late 19th- and early 20th-century police photography has often been interpreted as a form of visual production that epitomized […]

Occasion 5 (2013) Special issue editor Brian Codding. Brian F. Codding, Douglas W. Bird, Ethan Blue and Jon Christensen, Richard White, ‘An Introduction to the Comparative Wests’ Alistair Paterson, ‘Enduring Contact: Australian Perspectives in Environmental and Social Change’ Frank Lake, ‘Historical and Cultural Fires, Tribal Management and Research Issue in Northern California: Trails, Fires and […]

Whatever the opposite is of native or rooted, that is what we felt ourselves to be. We thought of ourselves as sojourners, temporary residents, and to that extent without a home, without a homeland. J. M. Coetzee, Summertime.

John Strachan, ‘From Poverty to Wretchedness: Albert Camus and the psychology of the pieds-noirs’, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 14, 2 (2013) This article uses the pieds-noirs (European settlers) of Algeria as a case study of how “poor whites” have been constructed, and have constructed themselves, in colonial historiography. Beginning with a reexamination of […]

Will Jackson, ‘Dangers to the Colony: Loose women and the “poor white” problem in Kenya’, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 14, 2 (2013). While a great deal of recent scholarship has focused on the problematic presence of so-called “poor whites” across the European colonial empires, comparatively little work has tackled their presence in Kenya. […]

Edward Cavanagh, ‘Kingdom or Colony? English or British?: Early modern Ireland and the colonialism question’, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 14, 2 (2013). Plenty happened in the century between Henry VIII’s rise to the position of “King of Ireland” in 1541 and the countrywide protests against Crown plantation policy in the fateful Uprising of […]