Empire, Colony, Genocide: Conquest, Occupation, and Subaltern Resistance in World History

Empire, Colony, Genocide: Conquest, Occupation, and Subaltern Resistance in World History

by A. Dirk Moses (Editor)


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In 1944, Raphael Lemkin coined the term “genocide” to describe a foreign occupation that destroyed or permanently crippled a subject population. In this tradition, Empire, Colony, Genocide embeds genocide in the epochal geopolitical transformations of the past 500 years: the European colonization of the globe, the rise and fall of the continental land empires, violent decolonization, and the formation of nation states. It thereby challenges the customary focus on twentieth-century mass crimes and shows that genocide and “ethnic cleansing” have been intrinsic to imperial expansion. The complexity of the colonial encounter is reflected in the contrast between the insurgent identities and genocidal strategies that subaltern peoples sometimes developed to expel the occupiers, and those local elites and creole groups that the occupiers sought to co-opt. Presenting case studies on the Americas, Australia, Africa, Asia, the Ottoman Empire, Imperial Russia, and the Nazi “Third Reich,” leading authorities examine the colonial dimension of the genocide concept as well as the imperial systems and discourses that enabled conquest. Empire, Colony, Genocide is a world history of genocide that highlights what Lemkin called “the role of the human group and its tribulations.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845457198
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2009
Series: War and Genocide , #12
Pages: 502
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

A. Dirk Moses Dirk Moses is chair of global and colonial history at the European University Institute, Florence / University of Sydney. He has published widely on modern Germany and Comparative Genocide Studies. His publications include Genocide and Settler Society (Berghahn Books 2004) and German Intellectuals and the Nazi Past (CUP 2007)

Table of Contents


A. Dirk Moses


Chapter 1. Empire, Colony, Genocide: Keywords and the Philosophy of History

A. Dirk Moses

Chapter 2. Anti-colonialism in Western Political Thought: The Colonial Origins of the Concept of Genocide

Andrew Fitzmaurice

Chapter 3. Are Settler-Colonies Inherently Genocidal? Re-reading Lemkin

John Docker

Chapter 4. Structure and Event: Settler Colonialism, Time, and the Question of Genocide

Patrick Wolfe

Chapter 5. "Crime without a Name": The Case for "Indigenocide"

Raymond Evans

Chapter 6. Colonialism and Genocides: Towards an Analysis of the Settler Archive of the European Imagination

Lorenzo Veracini

Chapter 7. Biopower and Modern Genocide

Dan Stone


Chapter 8. Empires, Native Peoples, and Genocide

Mark Levene

Chapter 9. Colonialism, History, and Genocide in Cambodia, 1747–2005

Ben Kiernan

Chapter 10. Genocide in Tasmania: The History of an Idea

Ann Curthoys

Chapter 11. "The aborigines... were never annihilated, and still they are becoming extinct": Settler Imperialism and Genocide in 19th-century America and Australia

Norbert Finzsch

Chapter 12. Navigating the Cultural Encounter: Blackfoot Religious Resistance in Canada (c. 1870-1930)

Blanca Tovías

Chapter 13. Genocide in German Southwest Africa and German East Africa

Dominik J. Schaller

Chapter 14. Inner Colonization and Inter-imperial Conflict: The Destruction of the Armenians and the End of the Ottoman Empire

Donald Bloxham

Chapter 15. Inner Colonialism and the Question of Genocide in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union

Robert Geraci

Chapter 16. Colonialism and Genocide in Nazi-occupied Poland and Ukraine

David Furber and Wendy Lower


Chapter 17. Genocide from Below: The Great Inca Rebellion of 1780–82 in the Southern Andes

David Cahill

Chapter 18. Political Loyalties and the Genocide of a Settler Community: The Eurasians in Indonesia, 1945-46

Robert Cribb

Chapter 19. Savages, Subjects, and Sovereigns: Conjunctions of Modernity, Genocide, and Colonialism

Alexander L. Hinton

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