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By Martin J. Wiener

An Empire on Trial is the 1st publication to discover the problem of interracial murder within the British Empire in the course of its peak - reading those incidents and the prosecution of such situations in each one of 7 colonies scattered during the international. 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 overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. The paintings demonstrates the significance of the procedures of felony justice to the historical past of the empire and the good thing about a trans-territorial method of figuring out the complexities and nuances of its workings. An Empire on Trial is of curiosity to these interested in race, empire, or felony justice, and to historians of contemporary 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 publication worthwhile.

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38 Indeed, modern psychologists have verified and explored this cultural trait. See Joseph Westermeyer, “On the Epidemicity of Amok Violence,” Archives of General Psychiatry 28 (1973), 873–876. On the High Seas 35 While the sailing ship Dovenby Hall was returning to Liverpool from India via San Francisco, Arthur, a steward, disemboweled his Captain with a carving knife. ”39 Although at the trial Arthur retracted this admission and claimed that he had acted in immediate hot blood, his self-command cracking under fresh insults, he could offer no supporting evidence for this new claim.

W. 48 While the newly titled Dominions, self-governed by white settlers, could only be dealt with very gingerly, the rest of the Empire, under the common heading of Crown Colonies, was still subject to central control, and the Colonial Office certainly intended to maintain that control. 51 47 48 49 50 51 Churchill, speaking for his fellow Liberals, criticized Joseph Chamberlain’s poweroriented imperial vision in 1904: if the British Empire held together, he argued, it would not be because of its size or soldiers, but because “it is animated by respect for right and justice” [Ronald Hyam, Elgin and Churchill at the Colonial Office (London, 1968), p.

11. In Liverpool in 1858 another captain and mate were charged with murder for kicking a Spanish seaman to death; convicted of manslaughter, the captain was given penal servitude for life and the mate one year’s imprisonment [Liverpool Mercury, 27 Mar. 1858, p. 3 (for their committal for trial, see Liverpool Mercury, 30 Nov. 1857, p. 6)]. W. H. Hood, op. , p. 30. See also David Williams, “Mid-Victorian Attitudes to Seamen and Maritime Reform: The Society for Improving the Condition of Merchant Seamen, 1867,” in Merchants and Mariners: Selected Writings of David M.

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