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    An accumulated wrong: Roger Casement and the anticolonial moments within imperial governance

    Kearns, Gerard (2019) An accumulated wrong: Roger Casement and the anticolonial moments within imperial governance. Journal of Historical Geography, 64. pp. 1-12. ISSN 0305-7488

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    Taking three moments of governance – executive, legislative and judicial – this paper explains how forms of anticolonial critique were composed and articulated within the general regime of imperial rule. Through the career of Roger Casement, this paper shows how international human rights could develop out of the administration of empires as they monitored and compared the treatment of their own subjects in other imperial spaces. Casement drew particularly on his Irish heritage to identify the expropriation of direct producers as the basis of colonial rule. For Casement, colonialism was coeval with the destruction of native life. This was a far more systematic critique than was typical in commentary on the evils of colonialism. It finally impelled Casement into open rebellion, giving him one last opportunity – from the dock as a convicted traitor – to make public an anticolonial epistemology that challenged the legitimacy of imperial sovereignty.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Anticolonial nationalism; Colonialism; Empire; Ireland Roger Casement;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 11094
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    Depositing User: Gerry Kearns
    Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2019 11:37
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Historical Geography
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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