The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism examines the global history of settler colonialism as a distinct mode of domination from ancient times to the present day. It explores the ways in which new polities were established in freshly discovered ‘New Worlds’, and covers the history of many countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, South Africa, Liberia, Algeria, Canada, and the USA.
Chronologically as well as geographically wide-reaching, this volume focuses on an extensive array of topics and regions ranging from settler colonialism in the Neo-Assyrian and Roman empires, to relationships between indigenes and newcomers in New Spain and the early Mexican republic, to the settler-dominated polities of Africa during the twentieth century. Its twenty-nine inter-disciplinary chapters focus on single colonies or on regional developments that straddle the borders of present-day states, on successful settlements that would go on to become powerful settler nations, on failed settler colonies, and on the historiographies of these experiences.
Taking a fundamentally international approach to the topic, this book analyses the varied experiences of settler colonialism in countries around the world. With a synthesizing yet original introduction, this is a landmark contribution to the emerging field of settler colonial studies and will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in the global history of imperialism and colonialism.
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Introduction: settler colonialism as a distinct mode of domination
Settler colonialism in the ‘Old World
Introduction to Part I
1 – Settler colonialism from the Neo-Assyrians to the Romans
2 – Settler colonialism in ancient Israel
3 – Mediterranean and Atlantic settler colonialism from the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth centuries
4 - Settler colonialism in Ireland from the English conquest to the nineteenth century
5 - Northern Ireland and settler colonialism to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998
Introduction to Part II
6 - Colonies of settlement and settler colonialism in Northeastern North America, 1450-1850
7 – Atlantic North America from contact to the late nineteenth century
8 - Settler colonialism in New Spain and the early Mexican republic
9 - Northwestern North America (Canadian West) to 1900
10 - Settler colonialism in postcolonial Latin America
11 - Settler colonialism and the consolidation of Canada in the twentieth century
12 - Adaptation, resistance, and representation in the modern US settler state
Introduction to Part III
13 - Settler colonialism in South Africa, 1652–1899
14 - French Algeria, 1830-1962
15 - Americo Liberia as a settler society
16 - Settler colonialism in Kenya, 1880-1950
17 - Settler rule in Southern Rhodesia, 1890-1979
18 - The Italian fascist settler empire in Ethiopia, 1936-1941
19 - White settler politics and Euro-African nationalism in Angola, 1945-1975
20 - Settler colonialism in South Africa: land, labour, and transformation, 1880-2015
Introduction to Part IV
21 – Russian settler colonialism
22 – Settler colonialism in the making of Japan’s Hokkaidō
23 - Theorizing Zionist settler colonialism in Palestine
24 - A dying settler colonialism: Israel and the Palestinians after 1948
Introduction to Part V
25 - Australian settler colonialism over the long nineteenth century: new insights into history, gender and biopolitics
26 - Settler colonialism in New Zealand, 1840-1907
27 - Settler colonialism in New Caledonia, 1853 to the present
28 - Settler Australia in the twentieth century
29 - Settler colonialism in twentieth-century New Zealand
Edward Cavanagh has received degrees from universities in Australia, South Africa and Canada. He has published in the fields of history and law, including Settler Colonialism and Land Rights in South Africa (Palgrave, 2013) and The Griqua Past and the Limits of South African History, 1902–1994 (Peter Lang Publishers, 2011).
Lorenzo Veracini is Associate Professor in History at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. His research focuses on the comparative history of colonial systems and on settler colonialism. His publications include The Settler Colonial Present (Palgrave 2015), Settler Colonialism: A Theoretical Overview (Palgrave, 2010) and Israel and Settler Society (Pluto, 2006). Lorenzo is editor in chief of Settler Colonial Studies.
"This volume shows how the deep history of settler colonialism has shaped our world today. As settlers move to new lands, the result is almost always unsettling. We need studies like this to better appreciate the ongoing consequences of our shared colonial legacies."
Coel Kirkby, University of Melbourne, Australia
"The essays in this work as a collection and as individual studies are a useful and thought-provoking addition to the topic of settler colonialism that can shed light on it as a global phenomenon that is at once universal and peculiar to particular places. What is more, they offer a challenge to the field of global history to utilize settler colonialism as a lens or dispose of it as too broad, ineffective, or too ill-defined to be useful."
Jack Seitz is a PhD Candidate in the Rural, Agricultural, Technological, and Environmental History program at Iowa State University, World History Connected