Settlers, War, and Empire in the Press

Unsettling News in Australia and Britain, 1863-1902

  • Sam Hutchinson

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Sam Hutchinson
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    Pages 83-110
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    Pages 111-131
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    Pages 161-186
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    Pages 187-196
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 197-288

About this book


This book explores how public commentary framed Australian involvement in the Waikato War (1863-64), the Sudan crisis (1885), and the South African War (1899-1902), a succession of conflicts that reverberated around the British Empire and which the newspaper press reported at length. It reconstructs the ways these conflicts were understood and reflected in the colonial and British press, and how commentators responded to the shifting circumstances that shaped the mood of their coverage. Studying each conflict in turn, the book explores the expressions of feeling that arose within and between the Australian colonies and Britain. It argues that settler and imperial narratives required constant defending and maintaining. This process led to tensions between Britain and the colonies, and also to vivid displays of mutual affection. The book examines how war narratives merged with ideas of territorial ownership and productivity, racial anxieties, self-governance, and foundational violence. In doing so it draws out the rationales and emotions that both fortified and unsettled settler societies.


imperial military endeavours print culture wakaito war sudan crisis south african war

Authors and affiliations

  • Sam Hutchinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Independent ScholarMt VictoriaNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63774-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63775-4
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