1st Edition

Colonialism and Genocide

ISBN 9780415464154
Published December 24, 2007 by Routledge
212 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

Previously published as a special issue of Patterns of Prejudice, this is the first book to link colonialism and genocide in a systematic way in the context of world history. It fills a significant gap in the current understanding on genocide and the Holocaust, which sees them overwhelmingly as twentieth century phenomena.

This book publishes Lemkin’s account of the genocide of the Aboriginal Tasmanians for the first time and chapters cover:

  • the exterminatory rhetoric of racist discourses before the ‘scientific racism’ of the mid-nineteenth century
  • Charles Darwin’s preoccupation with the extinction of peoples in the face of European colonialism,
  • a reconstruction of a virtually unknown case of ‘subaltern genocide’
  • global perspective on the links between modernity and the Holocaust

Social theorists and historians alike will find this a must-read.

Table of Contents

Introduction.  It is Scarcely Possible to Believe that Human Beings Could be so Hideous and Loathsome: Discourses of Genocide in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century America and Australia.  Mr Darwin’s Shooters: On Natural Selection and the Naturalizing of Genocide.  Caribbean Genocide: Racial War in Haiti, 1802–4.  Raphael Lemkin’s 'Tasmania': An Introduction.  Tasmania.  The Birth of the Ostland Out of the Spirit of Colonialism: A Postcolonial Perspective on the Nazi Policy of Conquest and Extermination.  The Concentration Camp and Development: The Pasts and Future of Genocide

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A. Dirk Moses is Lecturer in History at the University of Sydney, Australia

Dan Stone is Professor of Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London