Symptoms of Empire
This chapter places the Waikato, Sudan and South African conflicts in their colonial and imperial context. It outlines the differing ways that colonial Australians identified themselves, and how these created both attachment and tension in their relationship with Britain. The chapter is premised on the idea that the three conflicts, read together, reveal an underlying set of concerns characteristic of settler societies, not least the knowledge of the violent dispossession on which their societies were (are) founded. War provided one means of fashioning a new story of colonial origin, and one that could be performed for an international audience. Conversely, this chapter also shows the changing response to the settler colonies in Britain as its geopolitical position shifted over the second half of the century. Here, the settler colonies came to play an increasingly important role in imperial narratives.