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Webs of Empire

Locating New Zealand’s Colonial Past

Breaking open colonization to reveal tangled cultural and economic networks, Webs of Empire offers new paths into colonial history. Linking Gore and Chicago, Maori and Asia, India and newspapers, whalers and writing, Ballantyne presents empire building as a spreading web of connected places, people, ideas, and trade. These links question narrow, national stories, while broadening perspectives on the past and the legacies of colonialism that persist today. Bringing together essays from two decades of prolific publishing on international colonial history, Webs of Empire establishes Tony Ballantyne as one of the leading historians of the British Empire.

376 pages

Table of Contents

Preface: Connections, Comparisons and Commonalities

Note on Language and Usage

Introduction: Relocating Colonial Histories

Reframing Colonialism

1 Race and the Webs of Empire


2 Writing Out Asia

3 Teaching Maori About Asia

4 India in New Zealand

5 Te Anu’s Story


6 Sealers, Whalers and the Entanglements of Empire

7 Christianity, Colonialism and Cross-Cultural Communication

8 War, Knowledge and the Crisis of Empire


9 Archives, Empires and Histories of Colonialism

10 Mr. Peal’s Archive

11 Paper, Pen and Print

12 Writing and the Culture of Colonisation


13 Thinking Local

14 On Place, Space and Mobility

Conclusion: Writing the Colonial Past

Editorial Note



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