Rethinking Settler Colonialism: History and Memory in Australia, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand and South Africa

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Annie E. Coombes (ed.), Rethinking Settler Colonialism: History and Memory in Australia, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand and South Africa (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006), 274pp. Cloth. £50.00. ISBN 0-7190-7168-2.

Rethinking Settler Colonialism, part of the 'Studies in Imperialism' series, is a collection of essays which explores the histories and continued impact of contact between indigenous peoples and settler communities in different geographical and cultural settings. The contributors consider how these histories have been created - and often mythologised - and have since become integrated into public consciousness through the use of memorialising devices such as exhibitions, monuments and imagery.

The volume is organised into four sections: 'Colonial culture: institutions and practices'; 'The ordering of culture: new nations for old'; 'Engagement and resistance'; and 'New subjectivities and the politics of reconciliation'. The majority of the essays focus on a single region, while others take a comparative approach - for example, Elizabeth Furniss's discussion of frontier histories, in which she draws upon narratives and counter-narratives of the Chilcotin War in British Columbia and the so-called Kalkadoon 'last stand' at Battle Mountain, Queensland. …

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