ANN: New and Forthcoming Publications

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Dear H-Empire members,

Please continue to send me new and forthcoming publications so that I can include them in this recurrent series of posts.

This is a list of new and forthcoming publications of interest to members:


Oliver Charbonneau, “Visiting the Metropole: Muslim Colonial Subjects in the United States, 1904-1927,” Diplomatic History (2017)


Mark CondosThe Insecurity State: Punjab and the Making of Colonial Power in British India (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

In this provocative new work, Mark Condos explores the 'dark underside' of the ideologies that sustained British rule in India. Using Punjab as a case study, he argues that India's colonial overlords were obsessively fearful, and plagued by an unreasoning belief in their own vulnerability as rulers. These enduring anxieties precipitated, and justified, an all too frequent recourse to violence, joined with an insistence on untrammelled power placed in the hands of the executive. Examining how the British colonial experience was shaped by a chronic sense of unease, anxiety, and insecurity, this is a timely intervention in debates about the contested project of colonial state-building, the oppressive and violent practices of colonial rule, the nature of imperial sovereignty, law, and policing and the postcolonial legacies of empire.

Margaret B. Crosby-Arnold"A Case of Hidden Genocide?: Disintegration and Destruction of People of Color in Napoleonic Europe, 1799-1815," Atlantic Studies: Global Currents 14.3 (2017)


Steven Hyland Jr.More Argentine Than You: Arabic-speaking Immigrants in Argentina (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2017)
More Argentine Than You examines how Arabic-speaking immigrants and their descendants evolved from a group of foreign nationals into a well-integrated ethnic minority committed to life in northwestern Argentina from the late nineteenth century until the rise of Juan Domingo Perón in 1946. Hyland shows how Syrians and Lebanese, Christians, Jews, and Muslims adapted to local social and political conditions, entered into labor markets, navigated homeland politics, established community institutions, raised families, and attempted to pursue their individual dreams and community goals. Ultimately, however, membership in an organized Syrian-Lebanese ethnic group was an internal deliberation where social status and wealth were the determinant factors. By showing how societies can come to terms with new arrivals and their descendants, Hyland addresses notions of belonging and acceptance, of integration and opportunity.
Erika RappaportA Thirst for Empire: How Tea Shaped the Modern World (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017)
Tea has been one of the most popular commodities in the world. Over centuries, profits from its growth and sales funded wars and fueled colonization, and its cultivation brought about massive changes—in land use, labor systems, market practices, and social hierarchies—the effects of which are with us even today. A Thirst for Empire takes a vast and in depth historical look at how men and women—through the tea industry in Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa—transformed global tastes and habits and in the process created our modern consumer society.As Erika Rappaport shows, between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries the boundaries of the tea industry and the British Empire overlapped but were never identical, and she highlights the economic, political, and cultural forces that enabled the British Empire to dominate—but never entirely control—the worldwide production, trade, and consumption of tea. Rappaport delves into how Europeans adopted, appropriated, and altered Chinese tea culture to build a widespread demand for tea in Britain and other global markets and a plantation-based economy in South Asia and Africa. Tea was among the earliest colonial industries in which merchants, planters, promoters, and retailers used imperial resources to pay for global advertising and political lobbying. The commercial model that tea inspired still exists and is vital for understanding how politics and publicity influence the international economy. An expansive and original global history of imperial tea, A Thirst for Empire demonstrates the ways that this fluid and powerful enterprise helped shape the contemporary world.

Elizabeth H. Shlala, The Late Ottoman Empire and Egypt Hybridity, Law and Gender (London: Routledge, 2018)

This book contributes to a vibrant strand of global legal history that places law and other social structures at the heart of competing imperial projects- British, Ottoman, Egyptian, and Italian among them. Analysis of the Italian consular and mixed court cases, and diplomatic records, in Egypt and Istanbul reveals the complexity of shifting identifications and judicial reform in two parts of the interactive and competitive plural legal regime. The rich court records show that binary relational categories fail to capture the complexity of the daily lives of the residents and courts of the late Ottoman empire. Over time and acting in their own self-interests, these actors exploited the plural legal regime. Case studies in both Egypt and Istanbul explore how identification developed as a legal form of property itself. Whereas the classical literature emphasized external state power politics, this book builds upon new work in the field that shows the interaction of external and internal power struggles throughout the region led to assorted forms of confrontation, collaboration, and negotiation in the region. It will be of interest to students, scholars, and readers of Middle East, Ottoman, and Mediterranean history. It will also appeal to anyone wanting to know more about cultural history in the nineteenth century, and the historical roots of contemporary global debates on law, migration, and identities.

Matthew Stanard, “‘Boom! Goes the Congo’: The Rhetoric of Control and Belgium’s Late Colonial State,” in Martin Thomas and Richard Toye (eds.), Rhetorics of Empire: Imperial Discourse and the Language of Colonial Conflict after 1900 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017)

Matthew Stanard, “Après nous, le déluge: Belgium, Decolonization, and the Congo,” in Martin Thomas and Andrew Thompson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Ends of Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)

Matthew Stanard, “Belgian Colonial Rule,” in Thomas Spear (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies, Revised Edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017)


NOTE: If you have recently published or have a forthcoming monograph, edited collection, article, book chapter, etc. that deals with imperialism, and you want me to include it on this list, please send me an email at with basic information: author’s name, title, journal or publisher, year of publication, and a link to access it. In case your publication is a book, you are welcome to include a short abstract. You can also send me information about outstanding recent work that you have read and consider to be of interest to other members of the network. Following the same procedure, please email me entries so I can add them to the list. Posts will feature new lists on a first-come-first-serve basis and will appear with the degree of frequency that the number of items I receive demands.