Waves Across the South

Reviewed in American Historical Review Sept. 2022. Oceanic metaphors do a lot of work in this new book by Sujit Sivasundaram. Waves Across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire analyses the “clash of waves” that occurred when Europeans moved into the Indo-Pacific region during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries... To … Continue reading Waves Across the South

The Chiefs Now In This City

At the enormous conference between Indigenous and colonial leaders in Augusta, Georgia, in November 1763, a Cherokee leader from Chota staged a piece of political theater. Kittagusta, “the Prince of Chota,” stretched out before the assembled delegates “a string of beads with three knots.”.... Read the full review of “The Chiefs Now in This City”: … Continue reading The Chiefs Now In This City

Empire and Indigeneity

In: Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Volume 23, Number 1, Spring 2022 Empire and Indigeneity: Histories and Legacies By Richard Price. London and New York: Routledge, 2021. What was distinct about the early nineteenth-century British settler empire and what were its legacies? These are the two lead questions in Richard Price’s new book, Empire and … Continue reading Empire and Indigeneity

Why does Truth come third?

The excellent online mag Inside Story has asked my colleagues in the First Nations and Colonial Histories Centre at ACU to write a monthly column. This was my first contribution - a reflection on what the 'Voice, Treaty, Truth' sequencing in the Uluru Statement means for tellers of history. When the Australian Historical Association met … Continue reading Why does Truth come third?