An Empire on Trial: Race, Murder, and Justice under British Rule, 1870-1935

An Empire on Trial: Race, Murder, and Justice under British Rule, 1870-1935

by Martin J. Wiener
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Cambridge University Press


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An Empire on Trial: Race, Murder, and Justice under British Rule, 1870-1935

An Empire on Trial is the first book to explore the issue of interracial homicide in the British Empire during its height – examining these incidents and the prosecution of such cases in each of seven colonies scattered throughout the world. It uncovers and analyzes the tensions of empire that underlay British rule and delves into how the problem of maintaining a liberal empire manifested itself in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The work demonstrates the importance of the processes of criminal justice to the history of the empire and the advantage of a trans-territorial approach to understanding the complexities and nuances of its workings. An Empire on Trial is of interest to those concerned with race, empire, or criminal justice, and to historians of modern Britain or of colonial Australia, India, Kenya, or the Caribbean. Political and postcolonial theorists writing on liberalism and empire, or race and empire, will also find this book invaluable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521735070
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/31/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Martin J. Wiener is Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of History at Rice University. He is the author of numerous works, including English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit 1850 980, Reconstructing the Criminal, and Men of Blood. Dr Wiener is a past President of the North American Conference on British Studies and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Table of Contents

1. On the high seas; 2. Queensland, 1869–1889; 3. Fiji, 1875–1885; 4. Trinidad and the Bahamas, 1886–1897; 5. India: the setting; 6. India: in the legal arena, 1889–1922; 7. Kenya, 1905–1934; 8. British Honduras 1934.

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