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Vient de paraître : Martin Thomas, Violence and Colonial Order. Police, Workers and Protest in the European Colonial Empires, 1918-1940, Cambridge University Press, 2015

mercredi 26 août 2015, par Dominique Taurisson-Mouret

  • Collection Critical Perspectives on Empire

Présentation éditeur :

This is a pioneering, multi-empire account of the relationship between the politics of imperial repression and the economic structures of European colonies between the two World Wars. Ranging across colonial Africa, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, Martin Thomas explores the structure of local police forces, their involvement in colonial labour control and the containment of uprisings and dissent. His work sheds new light on broader trends in the direction and intent of colonial state repression. It shows that the management of colonial economies, particularly in crisis conditions, took precedence over individual imperial powers’ particular methods of rule in determining the forms and functions of colonial police actions. The politics of colonial labour thus became central to police work, with the depression years marking a watershed not only in local economic conditions but also in the breakdown of the European colonial order more generally.

  • Offers a new framework for understanding colonial policing and colonial repression
  • The comparative approach - discussing British, French and Belgian experiences - makes this the only book available which considers colonial policing across empires and regions
  • Sheds new light on the impact of the 1930s global depression on European empires and their peoples
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Martin Charles Thomas is Professor of Colonial History in the Department of History at the University of Exeter. He is a director of the University’s Centre for the Study of War, State and Society, an interdisciplinary research centre that supports research into the impact of armed conflict and collective violence on societies and communities.

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