Colonial Violence: From 'Pacification' to Counter-Insurgency (HIH1005)

15 credits

Violence was intrinsic to imperialism, whether this was the violence of conquest and ‘pacification’, the social, economic and cultural dislocation wrought during the consolidation of colonial rule, or the violence of decolonisation. Drawing on a range of sources from across the European empires, this module will focus on not just objective forms of physical violence but also subjective violence. In doing so, the aim of the module is to encourage students to look beyond the military and strategic dimensions of colonial violence to consider how violent colonial practices were shaped by ideas relating to political-economy, race, gender and culture.