Colonization and the origins of humanitarian governance: protecting aborigines across the nineteenth-century British empire

Lester, Alan and Dussart, Fae (2014) Colonization and the origins of humanitarian governance: protecting aborigines across the nineteenth-century British empire. Critical perspectives on empire . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781107007833

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Abstract

How did those responsible for creating Britain’s nineteenth century settler empire render colonization compatible with humanitarianism? Avoiding both cynical and celebratory answers, this book takes seriously the humane disposition of colonial officials, examining the relationship between humanitarian governance and Empire. The story of ‘humane’ colonial governance connects projects of emancipation, amelioration, conciliation, protection and development in sites ranging from British Honduras through Van Diemen’s Land and New South Wales, New Zealand and Canada, to India. It is seen in the lives of governors like George Arthur and George Grey, whose careers saw the violent and destructive colonization of Indigenous peoples at the hands of British emigrants. That story challenges the exclusion of officials’ humanitarian sensibilities from colonial history and inserts the settler colonies within the history of Western humanitarianism.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History, 1453- > D299 1789- > D351 19th century. 1801-1914/1920 > D385 1830-1870
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G0001 Geography (General) > G0141 Historical geography
Depositing User: Alan Lester
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2013 12:55
Last Modified: 19 May 2015 10:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45805
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