An Empire on Trial: Race, Murder, and Justice under British by Martin J. Wiener

By Martin J. Wiener

An Empire on Trial is the 1st e-book to discover the problem of interracial murder within the British Empire in the course of its top - reading those incidents and the prosecution of such situations in each one of 7 colonies scattered in the course of the global. It uncovers and analyzes the tensions of empire that underlay British rule and delves into how the matter of retaining a liberal empire manifested itself within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. The paintings demonstrates the significance of the approaches of legal justice to the historical past of the empire and the benefit of a trans-territorial method of realizing the complexities and nuances of its workings. An Empire on Trial is of curiosity to these serious about race, empire, or legal justice, and to historians of recent Britain or of colonial Australia, India, Kenya, or the Caribbean. Political and postcolonial theorists writing on liberalism and empire, or race and empire, also will locate this e-book priceless.

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43. R. L. , p. 46. Describing the prevailing decentralism of later Victorian and Edwardian colonial Government, M. K. Banton has noted that “only from the 1920s and 1930s did the office seek to play a role in standardizing legislation” throughout the empire [“The Colonial Office, 1820–1955: Constantly the Subject of Small Struggles,” in Masters, Servants, and Magistrates in Britain and the Empire, 1562–1955, ed. , 2004)]. Hall, op. , p. 150. Introduction 19 It is the argument of this book that a close look at interracial homicide trials, and their variation over time and place, will display British colonialism as more complex and divided than some have made it out to be.

J. Barron, “The Colonial Office and Its Permanent Officials 1801– 1914,” in Studies in the Growth of Nineteenth Century Government 1801–1914, ed. Gillian Sutherland (Cambridge, 1972), p. 153. Introduction 17 Herbert in 1871, they lost that ear. From this point through the rest of the century, the Colonial Office’s dominating concern (which was generally shared or accepted by the politicians nominally in charge of it) was to maintain orderly and effective government throughout the vast holdings of the Crown, without having to go to the Treasury, and without having to face embarrassing questions in Parliament.

H. Aldcroft, British Transport: An Economic Survey from the Seventeenth Century to the Twentieth (Harmondsworth, 1974), p. 248. Henry Mayhew in 1850 gave the number of 200,000: The Morning Chronicle Survey of Labour and the Poor: The Metropolitan Districts, vol. 3 (Horsham, 1981), p. 251. G. Balachandran more recently gives the number of 175,000: “Recruitment and Control of Indian Seamen: Calcutta 1880–1935,” International Journal of Maritime History 9 (1997), 1. Ben Marsden and Crosbie Smith, Engineering Empires: A Cultural History of Technology in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Basingstoke, 2005).

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