Archive for the ‘Empire’ Category

Zoë Laidlaw, ‘Breaking Britannia’s Bounds? Law, settlers and space in Britain’s Imperial Historiography’, The Historical Journal 55, 3 (2012). Historians of the British empire recast their understanding of relations between the metropole and its peripheries in the late twentieth century, notably through the work of the ‘British world’ network and the ‘new imperial historians’. The former […]

Wayne E. Lee (ed.), Empires and Indigenes: Intercultural Alliance, Imperial Expansion, and Warfare in the Early Modern World (NYU Press, 2011).  The early modern period (c. 1500–1800) of world history is characterized by the establishment and aggressive expansion of European empires, and warfare between imperial powers and indigenous peoples was a central component of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Alex J. Bellamy, ‘Mass Killing and the Politics of Legitimacy: Empire and the Ideology of Selective Extermination’, Australian Journal of Politics & History 58, 2 (2012). How do the perpetrators of mass killing legitimise their behaviour? This article examines the legitimation of some of the worst cases of mass killing in the past two centuries. […]

Jordan Branch, ‘”Colonial reflection” and territoriality: The peripheral origins of sovereign statehood’, European Journal of International Relations 18, 2 (2012). The modern international system is commonly argued to have originated within Western Europe and spread globally during centuries of colonialism. This article argues, instead, that the character of the modern system of territorially sovereign states […]

Ato Quayson, ‘Periods versus Concepts: Space Making and the Question of Postcolonial Literary History’, PMLA 127, 2,(2012). extract in lieu of abstract: Certain dates are now viewed as classic loci of the time and contradictory temporalities of the postcolonial: 1492 (Columbus’s arrival in America and the expulsion of Jews from Spain); 1603 (Lord Mountjoy’s colonization […]