Scandal of Colonial Rule: Power and Subversion in the British Atlantic During the Age of Revolution (BOK)

James Epstein

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In 1806 General Thomas Picton, Britain's first governor of Trinidad, was brought to trial for the torture of a free mulatto named Louisa Calderon and for overseeing a regime of terror over the island's slave population. James Epstein offers a fascinating account of the unfolding of this colonial drama. He shows the ways in which the trial and its investigation brought empire 'home' and exposed the disjuncture between a national self-image of humane governance and the brutal realities of colonial rule. He uses the trial to open up a range of issues, including colonial violence and norms of justice, the status of the British subject, imperial careering, visions of development after slavery, slave conspiracy and the colonial archive. He reveals how Britain's imperial regime became more authoritarian, hierarchical and militarised but also how unease about abuses of power and of the rights of colonial subjects began to grow.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter James Epstein
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521176774
Antall sider 314 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 1,5cm
Vekt 510 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form British & Irish history, History of the Americas, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Colonialism & imperialism