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Sources and Methods in Histories of Colonialism

Approaching the Imperial Archive

Edited by Kirsty Reid, Fiona Paisley

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232 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Sources and Methods in Histories of Colonialism provides an in-depth study of the relationships between archives, knowledge and power. Exploring a diverse range of examples and surveying the now substantial scholarly literatures on the functions and scope of the ‘imperial archive’, it facilitates a deeper understanding of the challenges of working with a range of specific source genres within imperial and colonial archives.

Covering the late eighteenth century to the present day and drawing material from a range of modern empires including those established by Britain, France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States, chapters discuss themes such as the emergence of photography as an archival tool, the use of oral history in histories of colonialism and the ways in which the state informs the archive and vice versa. This book considers the ways in which newer ways of thinking about the past have challenged more traditional views of ‘the archive’, provoking questions about what archives are and where their conceptual, geographical and chronological boundaries lie.

Examining a wide selection of source material including government papers, censuses, petitions and case files and providing both an overarching introduction to the subject and close analysis of specific case studies, this book will be essential reading for students of imperial and colonial history.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Kirsty Reid & Fiona Paisley Part I: Empires, archives and power 1. Power, knowledge and the imperial archive, Kirsty Reid 2. Democratizing the photographic archive, Jane Lydon Part II: State & official archives 3. Archiving Algeria, Majid Hannoum 4. Official enquiries, G. Roger Knight 5. Colonial censuses, Alexandra Widmer Part III: Tracking ‘subaltern’ voice? 6. Petitions, Victoria Castillo 7. Women Glimpsed in Military archives, Vera Mackie 8. Oral sources, Maria Nugent 9 Insanity's Archive, Catharine Coleborne Part IV: Moving beyond the state 10. Domesticating empire, Penny Edwards 11. Transnationalising empire, Victoria Haskins 12. Living empire, Fiona Paisley

About the Editors

Kirsty Reid is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Bristol and is currently also a Sackler-Caird Research Fellow at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Her publications include the prize-winning Gender, crime and empire: convicts, settlers and the state in early colonial Australia (Manchester, 2007). Fiona Paisley teaches cultural history at Griffith University, Australia. She is the author of Glamour in the Pacific: Cultural Internationalism and Race Politics in the Women’s Pan-Pacific (2009), Loving Protection? Australian Feminism and Aboriginal Women’s Rights, 1919-1939 (2000), and co-edited Uncommon Ground: White Women in Aboriginal History (2005). They are both editors of Writing the empire: colonialism and the written word (Routledge, forthcoming).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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HISTORY / General
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HISTORY / World
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HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
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HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
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HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
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HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century