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'Of Red War and Little Else': European Responses to Indigenous Violence in the Tasman World, c.1769-1850s

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dc.contributor.advisor Belich, James
dc.contributor.advisor Hill, Richard Ritchie, Samuel Gordon Gardiner 2013-08-02T01:25:38Z 2013-08-02T01:25:38Z 2013 2013
dc.description.abstract Europeans responded to indigenous internecine violence in a variety of ways in the Tasman world from first contact to the middle of the nineteenth century. Whereas extant historiography has previously addressed European responses to Māori and Aboriginal violence in geographic and temporal isolation, a comparison spanning time and space augments knowledge of these responses. Violence was not the only aspect of indigenous societies Europeans responded to, nor was indigenous violence the only justification for colonisation. However an investigation of the ways in which Europeans represented and responded to indigenous violence enables a better understanding of the processes of the colonisation of the Tasman world. Indigenous internecine violence included cannibalism, infanticide, inter-gender violence, and inter-tribal warfare. Through a wide variety of European observations of this violence, this thesis identifies an initial conceptualisation of both New Zealand Māori and Aboriginal peoples of Australia as violent, cannibal ‘savages’. This conceptualisation was used to justify both colonisation and the related evangelical and colonial administrative attempts to suppress indigenous violence, as internecine violence was deemed ‘un-civilised’, unchristian, and unacceptable. Europeans attempted to suppress indigenous violence as it was seen both as an impediment to colonisation and, relatedly, as an inhibitor to the ‘redemption’ of indigenous peoples. While indigenous violence was seen as a barrier to colonisation, however, it was also simultaneously used to promote colonisation. Thus the attempted suppression of indigenous violence developed into the European mobilisation and utilisation of intra-Māori and intra-Aboriginal violence in the promotion of colonisation. The development of European responses to indigenous internecine violence – from conceptualisations, through attempted suppression, to utilisation – is here examined in a Tasman-world context, drawing upon the interactions between these varied responses. In tracing this development within a comparative framework, both indigenous agency and a rejection of the historiographically persistent notions of a homogenous (and harmonious) Aboriginal Australia and a homogenous Māori people during this time period are key threads. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Violence en_NZ
dc.subject Colonisation en_NZ
dc.subject Tasman world en_NZ
dc.title 'Of Red War and Little Else': European Responses to Indigenous Violence in the Tasman World, c.1769-1850s en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Doctoral Thesis en_NZ History en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Doctoral en_NZ Doctor of Philosophy en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 210311 New Zealand History en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 210309 Māori History en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology en_NZ

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