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Colonization and the Origins of Humanitarian Governance: Protecting Aborigines across the Nineteenth-Century British Empire (Critical Perspectives on Empire)

Cambridge University Press
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How did those responsible for creating Britain's nineteenth-century settler empire render colonization compatible with humanitarianism? Avoiding a cynical or celebratory response, this book takes seriously the humane disposition of colonial officials, examining the relationship between humanitarian governance and empire. The story of 'humane' colonial governance connects projects of emancipation, amelioration, conciliation, protection and development in sites ranging from British Honduras through Van Diemen's Land and New South Wales, New Zealand and Canada to India. It is seen in the lives of governors like George Arthur and George Grey, whose careers saw the violent and destructive colonization of indigenous peoples at the hands of British emigrants. The story challenges the exclusion of officials' humanitarian sensibilities from colonial history and places the settler colonies within the larger historical context of Western humanitarianism.


  • | Author: Alan Lester, Fae Dussart
  • | Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • | Publication Date: Dec 15, 2016
  • | Number of Pages: 294 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Paperback/History
  • | ISBN-10: 1316635287
  • | ISBN-13: 9781316635285
Author:
Alan Lester, Fae Dussart
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication Date:
Dec 15, 2016
Number of pages:
294 pages
Language:
English
Binding:
Paperback/History
ISBN-10:
1316635287
ISBN-13:
9781316635285