1st Edition

Empire and Indigeneity Histories and Legacies

By Richard Price Copyright 2021
    372 Pages
    by Routledge

    372 Pages
    by Routledge

    Indigeneity is inseparable from empire, and the way empire responds to the Indigenous presence is a key historical factor in shaping the flow of imperial history. This book is about the consequences of the encounter in the early nineteenth century between the British imperial presence and the First Peoples of what were to become Australia and New Zealand. However, the shape of social relations between Indigenous peoples and the forces of empire does not remain constant over time. The book tracks how the creation of empire in this part of the world possessed long-lasting legacies both for the settler colonies that emerged and for the wider history of British imperial culture.



    Introduction: Origins and Approaches

    Chapter 1—Engagement


    Agency and Engagement

    Order and Disorder Cultural and Social Intimacies

    Knowledge and Observation: A New Eye


    Chapter 2—Mentalities

    Introduction: The Discourse of Humanitarianism

    Culture and Governance

    Sensibilities and Psychology



    Chapter 3—Policies and Governance: Conciliation and Coercion

    Introduction: Policies and History

    The Search for Conciliation

    Sir George Arthur and Van Diemen’s Land

    The Disenchantment of Sir George Arthur

    The Inner Turmoil of Sir George Arthur

    Chapter 4—Policies and Governance: Protection

    Sir George Arthur and the Origins of Protection

    Protection: History and Typologies

    The Failure of the Port Phillip Protectorate

    Transforming Protection


    Chapter 5—Policies and Governance: Racial Amalgamation


    Racial Amalgamation in Discourse and History

    Sir George Grey and Racial Amalgamation

    Racial Amalgamation and the Law

    Land And Dispossession

    The Period of Pre-emption: Before c. 1863

    Dispossession: Post c. 1860


    Chapter 6—Law and Sovereignty

    Introduction: Law and Empire

    Uncertain Sovereignty: The Continued Importance of Natural Rights

    When Lawlessness was the Law

    Exceptionalism or Assimilation?

    Aboriginal Evidence and the Oath

    Inter Se

    Results and Consequences

    Stabilization: The Emergence of Positivist Law

    A New Narrative of Aboriginal Rights


    Chapter 7—Violence and the Coming of Colonial Order


    Structures of Violence

    The State and Violence

    Salutary Terror: The Normalization of Violence

    The Psychology of Colonial Violence: Fear

    The Psychology of Colonial Violence: Silence and Denial

    The Psychology of Colonial Violence: Projection and Narrative


    Chapter 8—The Emergence of Settler Politics


    The Exhaustion of the "Humane Policy" Agenda

    Settler Consciousness

    Reconciling Liberalism to Empire in Political Theory


    Chapter 9—Legacies in Indigenous Politics

    Introduction: The Past in the Present

    The Silences of Settler Society

    The Making of Modern Indigenous Politics


    Chapter 10—Legacies in Imperial Culture


    Humanitarian Narratives

    Silences, Forgetting and Distancing


    Heroes and Villains


    Bibliography Primary Sources

    Bibliography Secondary Sources



    Richard Price has written widely on British social, labor, and imperial history. His most recent book, Making Empire: Colonial Encounters and the Creation of Imperial Rule in Nineteenth Century Africa (2008), was awarded the 2010 prize for the best book in British history post-1750 by the North American Conference on British Studies.

    "In excavating this past Price provides an account that is brimming with brilliant insights. These are clearly the fruit of the decades he has spent researching, reading and thinking deeply about the nature of British settler colonies. As such, this book deserves to be widely read and is probably destined to become a classic." - Bain Attwood, Monash University, Journal of Social History

    "Price successfully brings together a wide range of secondary sources along with illustrative episodes from primary sources to form a well-written and cohesive narrative of the contingency of early nineteenth-century Australasian society and the centrality of Indigenous people to colonial life, and I highly recommend it as a starting point for anyone venturing into the subject, a textbook for undergraduate students studying settler colonialism, or a state-of-the-field refresher for more seasoned academics." - Darren Reid, Coventry University, H-Net