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Empire and Indigeneity
Histories and Legacies

ISBN 9780367565794
Published May 31, 2021 by Routledge
372 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents



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


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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