Colonization Reading List

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Coloniazation, Empire, and Nationalism Reading List

Africa (Books)

Appiah, Anthony, In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture

Bills, Scott, The Libyan Arena: The United States, Britain, and the Council of Foreign Ministers, 1945-1948

Boahen, A. Adu, African Perspectives on Colonialism

Coombes, Annie E., Reinventing Africa: Museums, Material Culture, and Popular Imagination in Late Victorian and Edwardian England

Cooper, Frederick, Africa Since 1940: The Past of the Present (New Approaches to African History)

Curtin, Philip D., Disease and Empire: The Health of European Troops in the Conquest of Africa

Foster, Elizabeth, Faith in Empire: Religion, Politics, and Colonial Rule in French Senegal, 1880-1940

Hele, Karl S., ed., Lines Drawn Upon the Water: First Nations and the Great Lakes Borders and Borderlands

Hunt, Nancy Rose, A Colonial Lexicon of Birth Ritual, Medicalization, and Mobility in the Congo, Body, Commodity, Text

Manning, Patrick, Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa, 1880-1995

Mudimbe, V. Y., The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy, and the Order of Knowledge, African Systems of Thought

Nelson, Samuel H., Colonialism in the Congo Basin, 1880-1940

Stanard, Matthew G., Selling the Congo: A History of European Pro-Empire Propaganda and the Making of Belgian Imperialism

Vansina, Jan, Being Colonized: The Kuba Experience in Rural Congo, 1880-1960 (Africa and the Diaspora)

Africa (Articles)

Fisher, John., “British Responses to Mahdist and Other Unrest in North and West Africa, 1919-1930,” The Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 52, No. 3, September 2006.

Mwaruvie, John M., “Kenya’s ‘Forgotten’ Engineer and Colonial Proconsul: Sir Percy Girouard and Departmental Railway Construction in Africa, 1896-1912,” Canadian Journal of History, Vol. 41, No. 1, Spring-Summer 2006.

Melinda, Adams, “Colonial Policies and Women’s Participation in Public Life: The Case of British Southern Cameroons,” African Studies Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 3, Spring 2006.

Boaduo, Nana Adu-Pipim and Daphne Gumbi, “Classification: Colonial Attempts to Fracture Africa’s Identity and Contribution to Humanity,” The Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol. 3, No. 9, June/July 2010.

Anderson, David M., “Massacre at Ribo Post: Expansion and Expediency on the Colonial Frontier in East Africa,” The International Journal of African Historical Studies, Vol. 37, No. 1, January 2004.


Hume, Ivor Noel, A Guide to the Artifacts of Colonial America

Dawdy, Shannon Lee, Building the Devil's Empire: French Colonial New Orleans

Deetz, James, In Small Things Remembered

Ferris, Neal, The Archaeology of Native-Lived Colonialism: Challenging History in the Great Lakes

Glassie, Henry, Pattern in the Material Folk Culture of the Eastern United States

Gosden, Chris, Archaeology and Colonialism

Thomas, David Hurst, Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archeology, and the Battle for Native American Identity

British Imperialism

Burns-Bisogno, Louisa, Censoring Irish Nationalism: The British, Irish, and American Suppression of Republican Images in Film and Television, 1909-1995

Darby, Phillip, Three Faces of Imperialism: British and American Approaches to Asia and Africa, 1870-1970

Hall, Catherine, Civilizing Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination, 1830-1867

Hyam, Ronald, Britain’s Imperial Century, 1815-1914: A Study of Empire and Expansion

Louis, William Roger, The British Empire in the Middle East, 1945-1951: Arab Nationalism, the United States, and Postwar Imperialism

MacKenzie, John M., Propaganda and Empire: The Manipulation of British Public Opinion, 1880-1960


Alfred, Taiaiaka, Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto

Carleson, Keith Thor, The Power of Place, the Problem of Time: Aboriginal Identity and Historical Consciousness in the Cauldron of Colonialism

Harris, R. Cole, Making Native Space: Colonialism, Resistance, and Reserves in British Columbia

Kelm, Mary-Ellen, Colonizing Bodies: Aboriginal Health and Healing in British Columbia, 1900-50

Loo, Tina M., Making Law, Order, and Authority in British Columbia 1821-1871

Milloy, John Sheridan, A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879-1986

Morgan, Cecilia, “‘A Wigwam to Westminster’: Performing Mohawk Identity in Imperial Britain, 1890s-1990s,” Gender and History, 15:2 (Aug. 2003), 319-341.

Neyland, Susan, The Heavens Are Changing :Nineteenth-Century Protestant Missions and Tsimshian Christianity

Phillips, Ruth B., Trading Identities: The Souvenir in Native North American Art from the Northeast, 1700 – 1900

Raibmon, Paige, Authentic Indians: Episodes of Encounter from the Late-Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast

Rutherdale, Myra & Pickles, Katie, Contact Zones: Aboriginal and Settler Women in Canada’s Colonial Past

Titley, E. Brian, A Narrow Vision: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Administration of Indian Affairs in Canada


Anderson, David and David Killingray, Policing and Decolonization: Politics, Nationalism, and the Police, 1917-65

Betts, Raymond F., France and Decolonization

Chafer, Tony, The End of Empire in French West Africa: France’s Successful Decolonization?

Chamberlain, Murial Evelyn, Decolonization: The Fall of the European Empires, Historical Association Studies

Chatterjee, Partha, The Nation and Its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories, Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History

Darwin, John, Britain and Decolonization: The Retreat from Empire in the Post-War World

Gelber, Harry Gregor, Nations out of Empires: European Nationalism and the Transformation of Asia

Nwaubani, Ebere, The United States and Decolonization in West Africa, 1950-1960

Read, Anthony, and David Fisher, The Proudest Day: India’s Long Road to Independence

Shepard, Todd, The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France

Shepard, Todd, Voices of Decolonization: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History and Culture)

Shipway, Martin, Decolonization and its Impact: A Comparative Approach to the End of the Colonial Empires


Brown, Judith M., Gandhi: Prisoner of Hope

Brown, Judith M., Modern India: The Origins of an Asian Democracy

Chatterjee, Partha, The Nation and Its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories, Oxford India Paperbacks

Cohn, Bernard S., Colonialism and Its Forms of Knowledge: The British in India, Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History

Gouda, Frances, Dutch Culture Overseas: Colonial Practice in the Netherlands Indies, 1900-1942

Johnson, Gordon, C. A. Bayly, and John F. Richards, The Cambridge History of India

Veer, Peter van der., Imperial Encounters: Religion and Modernity in India and Britain

Wurgaft, Lewis, The Imperial Imagination: Magic and Myth in Kipling’s India


Morgan, Tabitha, Sweet and Bitter Island: A History of the British in Cyprus

French, David, Fighting EOKA: The British Counter-Insurgency Campaign on Cyprus, 1955-1959

Southeast Asia (Books)

Antlov, Hans and Stein Tonnesson, Imperial Policy and Southeast Asian Nationalism, 1930-1957

Go, Julian, American Empire and the Politics of Meaning: Elite Political Cultures in the Philippines and Puerto Rico during US Colonialism 

Go, Julian and Anne L. Foster, The American Colonial State in the Philippines: Global Perspectives

Holt, Elizabeth Mary, Colonizing Filipinas: Nineteenth-Century Representations of the Philippines in Western Historiography

Karnow, Stanley, In our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines

Kramer, Paul A., The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States, and the Philippines

McCoy, Alfred W. and Francisco A. Scarano, Colonial Crucible: Empire in the Making of the Modern American State

Rafael, Vicente L., Contracting Colonialism: Translation and Christian Conversion in Tagalog Society Under Early Spanish Rule

Salman, Michael, The Embarrassment of Slavery: Controversies Over Bondage and Nationalism in the American Colonial Philippines

Scott, James C. The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia

Tarling, Nicholas, A Sudden Rampage: The Japanese Occupation of Southeast Asia, 1941-1945

Tarling, Nicholas, Imperialism in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia (Articles)

Daniel P. S. Goh, “States of Ethnography: Colonialism, Resistance, and Cultural Description in Malaya and the Philippines, 1890s-1930s”, Comparative Studies in Society and History 49:1 (2007), 109-142.

Goss, Andrew, “Decent Colonialism? Pure Science and Colonial Ideology in the Netherlands East Indies, 1910-1929”, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 40:1 (Feb. 2009), 187-214.

Go, Julian. 2004. "“Racism” and Colonialism: Meanings of Difference and Ruling Practices in America's Pacific Empire." Qualitative Sociology 27 (1): 35-58.

 Stoler, Ann. 2009. "Making Empire Respectable: The Politics of Race and Sexual Morality in 20th century Colonial Cultures." American Ethnologist 16 (4): 634-660.

United States

Axtell, James, The Invasion Within: The Contest of Cultures in Colonial North America

Axtell, James, Natives and Newcomers: The Cultural Origins of North America

Anderson, Benedict R., Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism

Berkhofer, Jr., Robert F., The White Man’s Indian

Calloway, Colin G., Dawnland Encounters: Indians and Europeans in Northern New England

Calloway, Colin G., ed., After King Philip's War: Presence and Persistence in Indian New England

Dippie, Brian W., The Vanishing American: White Attitude and U.S. Indian Policy

DuVal, Kathleen, The Native Ground: Indians and Colonists in the Heart of the Continent
Hallock, Thomas, From the Fallen Tree: Frontier Narratives, Environmental Politics, and the Roots of a national Pastoral, 1749 – 1826

Hauptman, Laurence M., Formulating American Indian Policy in New York State, 1970 – 1986

Healy, David, Drive to Hegemony: The United States in the Caribbean, 1898-1917

Jennings, Frances, The Invasion of America: Indians, Colonialism, and the Cant of Conquest

Kan, Sergei A. and Pauline Turner Strong, New Perspectives on Native North America; Cultures, Histories, and Representations

Kupperman,Karen Ordahl, Indians and English: Facing Off in Early America

Merrell, James H., Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier

Merritt, Jane, At the Crossroads: Indians and Empires on a Mid-Atlantic Frontier, 1700–1763

O’Brien, Jean M., Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England

Richter, Daniel K., The Ordeal of the Longhouse: t he Peoples of the Iroquois League in the era of European colonization

Richter, Daniel K., Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America

Rotter, Andrew Jon, The Past to Vietnam: Origins of the American Commitment to Southeast Asia

Shoemaker, Nancy, A Strange Likeness: Becoming Red and White in Eighteenth-Century North America

Taylor, Alan, The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution

Vaughan, Alden T., ed., New England Encounters: Indians and Euroamericans, Ca. 1600–1850: Essays Drawn from The New England Quarterly

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