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Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

Colonialism in Greenland

Tradition, Governance and Legacy

Authors: Rud, Søren

  • Contributes to the on-going debate on the nature of the Danish colonization of Greenland in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
  • Investigates the practices of colonial governance and their impact on the formation, negotiation and contestation of identity in the present and the past
  • Provides important nuances to the understanding of the historical relationship between Denmark and Greenland
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This book explores how the Danish authorities governed the colonized population in Greenland in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Two competing narratives of colonialism dominate in Greenland as well as Denmark. One narrative portrays the Danish colonial project as ruthless and brutal extraction of a vulnerable indigenousness people; the other narrative emphasizes almost exclusively the benevolent aspects of Danish rule in Greenland. Rather than siding with one of these narratives, this book investigates actual practices of colonial governance in Greenland with an outlook to the extensive international scholarship on colonialism and post-colonialism. The chapters address the intimate connections between the establishment of an ethnographic discourse and the colonial techniques of governance in Greenland. Thereby the book provides important nuances to the understanding of the historical relationship between Denmark and Greenland and links this historical trajectory to the present negotiations of Greenlandic identity.

About the authors

Søren Rud is Associate Professor of History at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has published widely on Greenland, colonialism and techniques of governance. Recent publications include 'Policing and Governance in Greenland: Rationalities of police and colonial rule 1860-1953’ in  Policing in Colonial Empires: Cases, Connections, Boundaries (ca. 1850–1970).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Rud, Søren

    Pages 1-7

  • Ethnography, Time, and the Idealization of Tradition

    Rud, Søren

    Pages 9-31

  • Invoking Tradition as a Governance Strategy: Danish Colonial Policies in the Late Nineteenth Century

    Rud, Søren

    Pages 33-54

  • Achieving a Correct Blend: Tradition, Modernization, and the Formation of Identity

    Rud, Søren

    Pages 55-71

  • Diagnosing Vulnerability

    Rud, Søren

    Pages 73-94

Buy this book

eBook £52.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-46158-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £66.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-46157-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Colonialism in Greenland
Book Subtitle
Tradition, Governance and Legacy
Authors
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-46158-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-46158-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-46157-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 170
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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