Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern World

  • Philip Dwyer
  • Amanda Nettelbeck

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Colonial Violence and ‘Ways of Seeing’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Richard N. Price
      Pages 25-52
    3. Elizabeth Mjelde
      Pages 53-72
  3. Colonial Authority and the Violence of Law

  4. Dynamics of Colonial Warfare

  5. Repression and Resistance

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 287-292

About this book


This book explores the theme of violence, repression and atrocity in imperial and colonial empires, as well as its representations and memories, from the late eighteenth through to the twentieth century. It examines the wide variety of violent means by which colonies and empire were maintained in the modern era, the politics of repression and the violent structures inherent in empire. Bringing together scholars from around the world, the book includes chapters on British, French, Dutch, Italian and Japanese colonies and conquests. It considers multiple experiences of colonial violence, ranging from political dispute to the non-lethal violence of everyday colonialism and the symbolic repression inherent in colonial practices and hierarchies. These comparative case studies show how violence was used to assert and maintain control in the colonies, contesting the long held view that the colonial project was of benefit to colonised peoples.


Repression Atrocity Imperial Colonial Memory Empire British Empire French colonies Dutch colonies Japan Italy Australia Political control Coloniser Genocide

Editors and affiliations

  • Philip Dwyer
    • 1
  • Amanda Nettelbeck
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for the History of ViolenceUniversity of Newcastle AustraliaCallaghanAustralia
  2. 2.School of HumanitiesUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-62922-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-62923-0
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