Archive for the ‘Empire’ Category

Stephen Howe, ‘Review Essay: British Worlds, Settler Worlds, World Systems, and Killing Fields’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 40, 4 (2012).  a bit of the conclusion in lieu of abstract: It was suggested at the outset here that the study of British imperialism has in recent years, and in an almost unprecedented way, spawned a series […]

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Three Kenyans who were tortured by British colonial authorities can proceed with their legal claims against the UK government, a court has ruled. London’s High Court ruled the case, relating to the 1950s Mau Mau uprising, could proceed despite the time elapsed. The ruling means the case will now go to a full trial. Lawyers […]

Marcelo Svirsky and Simone Bignall (eds), Agamben and Colonialism (Edinburgh University Press, 2012). Svirsky and Bignall assemble leading figures to explore the rich philosophical linkages and the political concerns shared by Agamben and postcolonial theory. Agamben’s theories of the ‘state of exception’ and ‘bare life’ are situated in critical relation to the existence of these […]

Adam S. Hofri-Winogradow, ‘Zionist Settlers and the English Private Trust in Mandate Palestine’, Law and History Review 30, 3 (2012). The basic colonial encounter involved a colonizing power and colonized locals. Some colonial situations were more complex, involving a third element: settlers of nonlocal stock originating in an ethnos, or nation, different than that with […]

John Patrick Montaño, The Roots of English Colonialism in Ireland (Cambridge University Press, 2011). This is a major new study of the cultural foundations of the Tudor plantations in Ireland and of early English imperialism more generally. John Patrick Montaño traces the roots of colonialism in the key relationship of cultivation and civility in Tudor England and […]

TOC, Ab Imperio, 2 (2012). The editors introduction, is I. Gerasimov, S. Glebov, A. Kaplunovski, M. Mogilner, A. Semyonov ‘Structures and Cultures of Diversity: Nomadism as Colonialism without a Metropole’. extract in lieu of abstract: The editors of Ab Imperio invited authors and readers to discuss varieties of colonialism in this issue of the journal. […]

Coel Kirkby, ‘Review Article: Henry Maine and the Re-Constitution of the British Empire’, Modern Law Review 75, 4 (2012). extract in lieu of abstract: When Seeley set himself the task of examining ‘historically the tendency to expansion which England has so long displayed’, he divided his lectures in two along a ‘natural’ division between those people […]

Onur Ulas Ince, ‘Capitalism, Colonization, and Contractual Dispossession: Wakefield’s Letters from Sydney’, APSA 2012 Annual Meeting Paper. Edward Gibbon Wakefield (1796-1862) is principally known for his historical role as a colonial entrepreneur involved in the colonization of South Australia and New Zealand. Less acknowledged and analyzed is his position as a British political economist. Wakefield […]

Arena Journal 37/38 (2012). Introduction John Hinkson, ‘Why settler colonialism?’. Time Edward Cavanagh, ‘History, time and the indigenist critique’. Elizabeth Strakosch and Alissa Macoun, ‘The vanishing endpoint of settler colonialism’. Sarah Maddison, ‘Seven generations behind: Representing native nations’. Bodies Mary O’Dowd, ‘Embodying the Australian nation and silencing history’. Gaia Giuliani, ‘The colour lines of settler […]

Barbara Arneil, ‘Liberal Colonialism, Domestic Colonies and Citizenship’, History of Political Thought 33, 3 (2012). There is a growing body of literature which argues that the two major theories of liberal citizenship (those of John Locke and J.S. Mill) were deeply enmeshed with both colonization (the processes by which the imperial state takes over the […]