This edited collection argues for the importance of recovering Indigenous participation within global networks of imperial power and wider histories of "transnational" connections. It takes up a crucial challenge for new imperial and transnational histories: to explore the historical role of colonized and subaltern communities in these processes, and their legacies in the present. Bringing together prominent and emerging scholars who have begun to explore Indigenous networks and "transnational" encounters, and to consider the broader significance of "extra-local" connections, exchanges and mobility for Indigenous peoples, this work engages closely with some of the key historical scholarship on transnationalism and the networks of European imperialism. Chapters deploy a range of analytic scales, including global, regional and intra-Indigenous networks, and methods, including histories of ideas and cultural forms and biography, as well as exploring contemporary legacies. In drawing these perspectives together, this book charts an important new direction in research.
Introduction: Indigenous Networks: Historical Trajectories and Contemporary Connections Jane Carey and Jane Lydon Part I: Imperial Networks from the Mid-Nineteenth Century: Colonial Governance, Humanitarianism and Indigenous Experience 1. The Slave-Owner and the Settler Catherine Hall 2. Indigenous Engagements with Humanitarian Governance: The Port Phillip Protectorate of Aborigines and "Humanitarian Space" Alan Lester 3. "The Lying Name of ‘Government’": Empire, Mobility and Political Rights Ann Curthoys Part II: Mobility, Hybridity and Networks: Indigenous Lives and Legacies 4. "The Singular Transcultural Space": Networks of Ships, Mariners, Voyagers and "Native" Men at Sea, 1790–1870 Lynette Russell 5. Indigenous Interlocutors: Networks of Imperial Protest and Humanitarianism in the Mid-Nineteenth Century Zoë Laidlaw 6. Picturing Macassan-Australian Histories: Odoardo Beccari’s 1873 Photographs of the "Orang-Mereghi" and Indigenous Authenticity Jane Lydon 7."Mr. Moses Goes to England": Twentieth-Century Mobility and Networks at the Six Nations Reserve, Ontario Cecilia Morgan 8. A "Happy Blending"?: Maori Networks, Anthropology and "Native" Policy in New Zealand, the Pacific and Beyond Jane Carey Part III: Indigenous Networks, Activism and Transnational Exchanges: From the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present 9. Contesting the Empire of Paper: Cultures of Print and Anti-Colonialism in the Modern British Empire Tony Ballantyne 10. Geographies of Solidarity and the Black Political Diaspora in London Before 1914 Caroline Bressey 11. Marching to a Different Beat: The Influence of the International Black Diaspora on Aboriginal Australia John Maynard 12. 50 Years of Indigeneity: Legacies and Possibilities Ravi de Costa Epilogue: Indigenising Transnationalism? Challenges for New Imperial and Cosmopolitan Histories Jane Carey