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The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism

ISBN 9780415742160
Published August 22, 2016 by Routledge
470 Pages

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Book Description

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

Lorenzo Veracini


Settler colonialism in the ‘Old World

Introduction to Part I

Edward Cavanagh

1 – Settler colonialism from the Neo-Assyrians to the Romans

Mark W. Graham

2 – Settler colonialism in ancient Israel

Pekka Pitkänen

3 – Mediterranean and Atlantic settler colonialism from the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth centuries

Patrick O’Flanagan

4 - Settler colonialism in Ireland from the English conquest to the nineteenth century

S. J. Connolly

5 - Northern Ireland and settler colonialism to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998

Stephen Howe


The Americas

Introduction to Part II

Edward Cavanagh

6 - Colonies of settlement and settler colonialism in Northeastern North America, 1450-1850

John G. Reid and Thomas Peace

7 – Atlantic North America from contact to the late nineteenth century

Matthew Crow

8 - Settler colonialism in New Spain and the early Mexican republic

Ignacio Martínez

9 - Northwestern North America (Canadian West) to 1900

Laura Ishiguro

10 - Settler colonialism in postcolonial Latin America

Michael Goebel

11 - Settler colonialism and the consolidation of Canada in the twentieth century

Adam J. Barker, Toby Rollo and Emma Battell Lowman

12 - Adaptation, resistance, and representation in the modern US settler state

Walter L. Hixson



Introduction to Part III

Edward Cavanagh

13 - Settler colonialism in South Africa, 1652–1899

Robert Ross

14 - French Algeria, 1830-1962

Sung Choi

15 - Americo Liberia as a settler society

James Ciment

16 - Settler colonialism in Kenya, 1880-1950

Will Jackson

17 - Settler rule in Southern Rhodesia, 1890-1979

Enocent Msindo

18 - The Italian fascist settler empire in Ethiopia, 1936-1941

Emanuele Ertola

19 - White settler politics and Euro-African nationalism in Angola, 1945-1975

Fernando Tavares Pimenta

20 - Settler colonialism in South Africa: land, labour, and transformation, 1880-2015

Edward Cavanagh



Introduction to Part IV

Edward Cavanagh

21 – Russian settler colonialism

Alexander Morrison

22 – Settler colonialism in the making of Japan’s Hokkaidō

Katsuya Hirano


23 - Theorizing Zionist settler colonialism in Palestine

Gershon Shafir

24 - A dying settler colonialism: Israel and the Palestinians after 1948

Arnon Degani



Introduction to Part V

Edward Cavanagh

25 - Australian settler colonialism over the long nineteenth century: new insights into history, gender and biopolitics

Penelope Edmonds and Jane Carey

26 - Settler colonialism in New Zealand, 1840-1907

Richard Hill

27 - Settler colonialism in New Caledonia, 1853 to the present

David Chappell

28 - Settler Australia in the twentieth century

Sarah Maddison

29 - Settler colonialism in twentieth-century New Zealand

Felicity Barnes


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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