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Title: War Capitalism and the Expropriation of Country: Spatial Analysis of Indigenous and Settler-Colonial Entanglements in North Eastern Australia, 1864-1939
Contributor(s): Morrison, Michael  (author)orcid ; Della-Sale, Amy (author); McNaughton, Darlene  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019
Early Online Version: 2018-05-04
DOI: 10.1007/s10761-018-0463-4
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Abstract: Global processes associated with the expansion of colonialism and the emergence of capitalist economies after 1500 were often driven by a desire to create new capital via the acquisition of land and resources, with severe implications for Indigenous peoples. These processes were highly variable, and strongly shaped by the local circumstances encountered at the periphery of European networks of commerce and trade. A number of researchers have suggested that a particularly acute phase of violence and landscape expropriation, sometimes referred to as war capitalism or terra nullius colonialism, underpinned the establishment of colonial settlements and new economic enterprises. This paper characterises processes of colonization and the establishment of capitalist industry within a discrete study area in Cape York Peninsula, northeastern Australia. In particular, we aim to examine in an holistic fashion the nature of encounters and interactions between Indigenous custodians and settler-colonists between 1860 and 1939, using a documentary archaeology approach combined with qualitative data analysis methods. We demonstrate that while violence of various forms was a routine aspect of interactions, a holistic approach to analysis of available data enables the development of a more nuanced understanding of the contours and pattern of colonialism and the nature and implications of different forms of violence for Indigenous peoples.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Historical Archaeology, v.23, p. 204-234
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1573-7748
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 430107 Historical archaeology (incl. industrial archaeology)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 130703 Understanding Australia’s past
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages: Y44 Kaanju / Kaantju
Y48 Wik Ompom
Y15 Teppathiggi
Y12 Luthigh
Y24 Thaynakwith
Y41 Mbiywom
Y28 Ungawangadi
Y32 Alngith
Y36 Ngkoth
Y39 Ntra'ngith
Y20 Anguthimri
Y23 Wimaranga
Y21 Nyuwathayi
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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