The Memory of Genocide in Tasmania, 1803-2013

Scars on the Archive

  • Jesse Shipway

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide book series (PSHG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jesse Shipway
    Pages 1-10
  3. Jesse Shipway
    Pages 11-62
  4. Jesse Shipway
    Pages 63-99
  5. Jesse Shipway
    Pages 101-140
  6. Jesse Shipway
    Pages 141-186
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 187-203

About this book


This book presents a philosophical history of Tasmania’s past and present with a particular focus on the double stories of genocide and modernity. On the one hand, proponents of modernisation have sought to close the past off from the present, concealing the demographic disaster behind less demanding historical narratives and politicised preoccupations such as convictism and environmentalism. The second story, meanwhile, is told by anyone, aboriginal or European, who has gone to the archive and found the genocidal horrors hidden there. This volume blends both stories. It describes the dual logics of genocide and modernity in Tasmania and suggests that Tasmanians will not become more realistic about the future until they can admit a full recognition of the colonial genocide that destroyed an entire civilisation, not much more than 200 years ago.


Modernity Convictism Environmentalism Colonialism Archives

Authors and affiliations

  • Jesse Shipway
    • 1
  1. 1.GlebeAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-48442-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-48443-7
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