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Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern World

Editors: Dwyer, Philip, Nettelbeck, Amanda (Eds.)

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  • Provides a comparative approach to how violence was used by a range of empires to assert and maintain control in colonies around the world
  • Chapters cover a number of colonies across Africa, Asia and Oceania, across two centuries and exploring a variety of violent practices
  • Brings together new research from an international group of scholars to challenge the long held view that these colonial projects were of benefit to the colonised peoples
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About this book

This book explores the theme of violence, repression and atrocity in imperial and colonial empires, as well as its representations and memories, from the late eighteenth through to the twentieth century. It examines the wide variety of violent means by which colonies and empire were maintained in the modern era, the politics of repression and the violent structures inherent in empire. Bringing together scholars from around the world, the book includes chapters on British, French, Dutch, Italian and Japanese colonies and conquests. It considers multiple experiences of colonial violence, ranging from political dispute to the non-lethal violence of everyday colonialism and the symbolic repression inherent in colonial practices and hierarchies. These comparative case studies show how violence was used to assert and maintain control in the colonies, contesting the long held view that the colonial project was of benefit to colonised peoples.

About the authors

Philip Dwyer is the founding Director of the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Amanda Nettelbeck is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Reviews

“An essential resource for scholars of empire violence, this volume draws revealing connections between colonial sites and experiences rarely analysed alongside one another before. Ranging from the settler colonialism of the early nineteenth century to the devastating impact of contested decolonisation in South East Asia, the contributors clarify the multiple ways in which violence was not just recurrent in colonialism but fundamentally constitutive of it.” (Martin Thomas, Professor of Imperial History, University of Exeter, UK)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • ‘Savage Wars of Peace’: Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern World

    Dwyer, Philip (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • The Psychology of Colonial Violence

    Price, Richard N.

    Pages 25-52

  • Colonial Violence and the Picturesque

    Mjelde, Elizabeth

    Pages 53-72

  • Categories of Conquest and Colonial Control: The French in Tonkin, 1884–1914

    Lehning, James R.

    Pages 73-90

  • Martial Law in the British Empire

    Ryan, Lyndall

    Pages 93-109

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62923-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62922-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern World
Editors
  • Philip Dwyer
  • Amanda Nettelbeck
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
978-3-319-62923-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62923-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62922-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 292
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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