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Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

Settlers, War, and Empire in the Press

Unsettling News in Australia and Britain, 1863-1902

Authors: Hutchinson, Sam

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  • Explores the three main overseas imperial conflicts involving Australians prior to 1914 together
  • Creates an Australian and British press ‘conversation’ by comparing press coverage in both Australia and Britain
  • Examines connections between the involvement of Australians in war of empire abroad, and Australia’s own history of violent conflict between settlers and Aboriginal peoples
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About this book

This book explores how public commentary framed Australian involvement in the Waikato War (1863-64), the Sudan crisis (1885), and the South African War (1899-1902), a succession of conflicts that reverberated around the British Empire and which the newspaper press reported at length. It reconstructs the ways these conflicts were understood and reflected in the colonial and British press, and how commentators responded to the shifting circumstances that shaped the mood of their coverage. Studying each conflict in turn, the book explores the expressions of feeling that arose within and between the Australian colonies and Britain. It argues that settler and imperial narratives required constant defending and maintaining. This process led to tensions between Britain and the colonies, and also to vivid displays of mutual affection. The book examines how war narratives merged with ideas of territorial ownership and productivity, racial anxieties, self-governance, and foundational violence. In doing so it draws out the rationales and emotions that both fortified and unsettled settler societies.

About the authors

Sam Hutchinson received his PhD from the University of Western Australia in 2015. He is currently employed as a historian in Wellington, New Zealand.

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“Settlers, War, and Empire in the Press is a true heir of the New Imperial History, and builds on the work of Simon Potter, Alan Lester and Tony Ballantyne. … I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the history of British settler colonialism, print culture, nineteenth-century Australia and frontier violence with Indigenous peoples.” (Kenton Storey, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Vol. 20 (1), Spring, 2019)


“A focused reading of Victorian newspapers to consider the uncertain position of British settlers on the periphery of empire. … reads Australian engagement in the press as a continual series of shifting negotiations, with settlers always navigating between presenting themselves as servants of empire and independent agents in the imperial project.” (Jennifer Fuller, Victorian Periodicals Review, Vol. 51 (4), Winter, 2018)

“What is particularly valuable in Hutchinson’s analysis is its explanation of the press as a vehicle for the expression of collective emotion. … Hutchinson is able to enrich the explanatory power of Patrick Wolfe’s description of settler colonialism … . Taken together Hutchinson’s conception of these events within public discourse outline the unsettling contours of the emotional needs that the Australian colonies sought to satisfy through their involvement … .” (Mick Warren, Postcolonial Studies, November, 15, 2018)


“Sam Hutchinson's Settlers, War, and Empire in the Press … is, in a myriad of ways, an important contribution to Australian colonial history. Through a careful analysis of Australian colonial reporting of imperial conflicts, Hutchinson has shed light on the ways newspapers both shaped and reflected the sentiment and value of their readers over time.” (Nathan Wise, Journal of Australian Colonial History, Vol. 20, July, 2018)


“Settlers, War, and Empire in the Press is a valuable addition to the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series and is, in a myriad of ways, an important contribution to Australian colonial history. Through a careful analysis of Australian colonial reporting of imperial conflicts, Hutchinson has shed light on the ways newspapers both shaped and reflected the sentiment and value of their readers over time.” (Nathan Wise, Journal of Australian Colonial History, Vol. 20, 2018)


“Settlers, War, and Empire in the Press deftly explores a long sequence of debates over the nature of empire, the consequences of colonialism, and the boundaries of community triggered by wars on the frontiers of empire. It offers a compelling reading of the centrality of newspapers in the culture of the Victorian empire, reconstructing the operation of a vigorous, expansive and often fractious imperial public sphere in an age of recurrent colonial conflicts.” (Tony Ballantyne, Professor of History, University of Otago, New Zealand)

“In its detailed exploration of settler discourses, anxieties, emotions, and enthusiasms, set alongside British newspaper coverage of Britain’s settler colonies, and a broader structural account of settler colonialism, this book builds on existing scholarship and breaks new ground.” (Ann Curthoys, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University, Australia)

“In this masterly study of martial enthusiasm (and anxiety) in the High Imperial era, Hutchinson lays bare the instrumental role of the press in imperial social formations. His insightful analysis of British and Australian newspapers pushes war outside the narrow boundaries of military history and into the heart of our understanding of these societies.” (Kirsten McKenzie, Professor of History, University of Sydney)

“This book not only informs us about Australian perspectives on imperial wars, it also enhances our understanding of the imperial press system as one of the cornerstones of the British Empire as a whole.” (Alan Lester, Professor of Historical Geography, University of Sussex, UK, and Research Professor in History, La Trobe University, Australia)

“This timely and ambitious book re-examines settler press accounts of noted British Empire wars: highly charged events to bring to bear historical and theoretical analyses of settler colonialism and print culture. This is the best kind of postcolonial cultural studies: rigorous in its archival depth, demanding in its argumentative reach, and theoretically sophisticated. Language and material power, print and feelings, the quotidian and the epic, the national and the global: each are brought together in productive tension in Hutchinson’s insightful analysis.” (Anna Johnston, Associate Professor, ARC Future Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland, Australia)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook 83,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-63775-4
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Hardcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-63774-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Softcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-87632-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Settlers, War, and Empire in the Press
Book Subtitle
Unsettling News in Australia and Britain, 1863-1902
Authors
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63775-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63775-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63774-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87632-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 288
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